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Thursday, December 15, 2005


Other Sport: Polly sides with ICC on sledging

An Article by Boertjie
The veteran Protea seamer Shaun Pollock yesterday sided with the ICC in its stance
towards sledging, whilst the Aussie captain Ricky Ponting gave his players the go-ahead to continue the practice.

On Tuesday the ICC issued a stern warning to both teams that they risk misconduct charges if they continue the sledging that has dominated the build-up to the first test starting in Perth on Friday. The chairperson of the ICB, Ehsan Mani, said earlier this week that the image of the game should be protected and that cricket was not a game for hooligans.

"I think the ICB did well to act pro-actively to ensure that emotions stay calm rather than taking action halfway through the series when things have already got out of hand," Pollock said.

Ponting said that sledging is mostly "light-hearted" and done in a "good spirit" to try to intimidate the opponents.

"It's part of the game. As long as a player's character isn't attacked, I don't see any thing wrong with a war of words before a Test. It's part of the psychological warfare and as old as the hills. The cricketing public likes it."

Ponting was supported by the former South African Test batsman, Barry Richards, who has lived in Perth for decades.

"The ICB should rather concentrate on sorting out much more important matters - like the mess in Zimbabwe cricket." Richards said.

Source: Christo Buchner, Beeld

Some classic sledges

The following are snippets of the almost constant banter between players
that goes on at Cricket games the world over.

Glenn McGrath to Otto Brandes, tubby South African no.11, after a 85 mph
delivery whistles past Brandes' chin: "Why are you so fat?"
Brandes retorts: "Because every time I f#ck your wife, she gives me a biscuit."

An English county bowler was having surprising success against the great
West Indian Viv Richards, who'd played and missed at several balls.
Foolishly, the bowler piped up, "Hey Viv, it's red and it's round."
A steaming Richards cracked the next ball into another postcode and told
the bowler, "Hoy mon. You know what it looks like - go fetch it."

Merv Hughes was being Merv, aiming constant abuse at English batsman
Robin Smith. But having been told that he "couldn't bat to save his f#cking
life", Smith smashed a four, walked down the pitch and said: "Make a good pair,
don't we? I can't f#cking bat and you can't f#cking bowl."

Merv has something of a reputation of being a master sledger, and one of his greatest moments surely was during the 1991 Adelaide Test against Pakistan.
Merv was unimpressed with Javed Miandad speaking Urdu rather than English, and even less so when Miandad contemptuously called him a “fat bus conductor.”
A few balls later the ‘fat bus conductor’ dismissed Javed.
“Tickets, please,” Merv called out as he ran past the departing batsman.

Merv Hughes & Viv Richards
And it’s not just because he’s in this feature three times that Merv is considered to be a master sledger. Sometimes the moustachioed one didn’t even need to speak to get under a batsman’s skin.
During one Test match in the West Indies he didn’t say a word to Viv Richards - but continued to stare at him after deliveries.
“Don’t you be staring at me, mon,” said Richards. “Get back and bowl. This is my island. This is my culture. Don’t you be staring at me. You have no right to be staring.”
Merv didn’t reply, but after he dismissed Viv with his fifth ball, he announced to the departing batsman: “In my culture we say ‘piss off’.”

Viv Richards & Greg Thomas
However, it’s also the case that Richards has gone on record to state that “My better innings were when I was being sledged” and his famous exchange with Glamorgan bowler Greg Thomas when he was playing for Somerset would certainly suggest as much.
After going past the outside edge with a couple of deliveries, Thomas told Richards: “It's red, round and weighs about five ounces."
Unfortunately for Thomas, the next ball was in the ‘slot’ and Richards hammered it out of the ground and into a river.
At which point Viv piped up: “Greg, you know what it looks like. Now go and find it"
And, if that wasn’t enough, Richards then went on to hit 140 in 75 minutes.

Arjuna Ranatunga appealed that he had "sprained" something during a WSC final at the SCG, where the game had been shortened due to rain and the atmosphere was running at about 95% humidity. The very exhausted Ranatunga duly duly
asked the umpire for a runner.
As clear as a bell through the effects mic you heard Healey's legendary reply "you don't get a runner for being an overweight, unfit, fat c#nt".

Just what I said on the Greame Smith post. What a shithead. Pollock should just shut up or the dragons will kick his arse!  
Dragons & Wagons

Gee hulle gas Polly- anners moet jy jou ry kry
Aldo , jy is vlytig met die vingers  
Fok, ek't die artikel ook nog gelees man. Jy's net te stadig vir my!  
Eish, to think that they want this tour to go without sledging. What a load of crap. Sledging is part and parsel of the game against the Aussies. I cannot say enough times how dissapointed I am at the crop of plonkers complaining about it.  
I'm going, got a function to attend. What a nice way to close a shortened week! I get to take halfday!  
I think that SA are up to something here. There is no way that Polly will make these comments if the rest of the team are OK with sledging, maybe they have a plan... Lets hope it works cos we need all the help we can get...  
Whining little mama's girl.

Bet his Dad had some good sledges in his day.

Peter Pollock was a much more aggresive bowler than his Mommy's boy.

He should have instilled some more into his kid.

Dammit...what an incontinent old lady's bloomer Pollock is.


I hope you're right...
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