Why can’t Australian cricket just play nice?

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    The Australian Test cricket side needs to address its petulant on-field behaviour before another series is tarnished.

    Casting a shadow over what was for the most part an enthralling second Ashes Test was the deteriorating relations between the two sides.

    At the heart of the matter has been reported sledging between opposing players stemming back to the first Test in Brisbane and loud noises emanating from the English camp that Australian players have crossed the line in this regard.

    Even with the advances of stump mic, it would normally be fraught to point the finger at one side of such a tête-à-tête from the comfort of one’s armchair.

    But the Australians have long ago lost any right to impartiality with such on-field antics having come to define the national team almost as much as the famed baggy green.

    The antagonism was originally introduced by ‘Captain Grumpy’, Allan Border as a desperate – and ultimately successful – means of ending the dark days of Australian cricket.

    It then morphed into Steve Waugh’s “mental disintegration” approach which boasted such willing attack dogs as Matthew Hayden and Shane Warne.

    It’s safe to say subsequent captains, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke did not attempt a rebrand.

    England bowler James Anderson and Australian batsman Michael Clarke share words. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

    (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

    Along the way, Australia has been central to a number of ugly on-field spats and the subject of repeated claims of poor sportsmanship by opposition players centered around excessive sledging.

    And while it takes two to tango, it’s hard to shrug the feeling that Australian sides have often brought the worst out of their opponents.

    It came as little surprise then that former English gloveman, Matt Prior suggested this week that Australian sledging has been personal and that English players have been rightfully upset.

    Needless to say it’s not a good look, particularly for the kids.

    What’s more it’s very difficult to believe that excessive sledging is an essential accompaniment to winning Test cricket.

    In the current Australian team’s case, this is a learned behaviour rather than an instinctive edge.

    It’s often said aggression is rooted in fear. In this case, presumably fear of not winning.

    Well it’s time for Australian cricket – which has been largely defiant in the face of such criticism to date – to confront its demons and start winning or losing the right way.

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    • December 7th 2017 @ 6:43am
      Liam said | December 7th 2017 @ 6:43am | ! Report

      Ugly Aussies blah blah, unseemly blah blah, sledging unfair blah blah, crossed the line, blah blah.

      Honestly, Australia could withdraw an appeal, recall a batsman, or all collectively take up walking and sections of the media would still be complaining about sledging. This series is pretty good in terms of the quality of cricket played, so why on EARTH are you bothered by what’s said out there? The tour of India was not discussed in terms of the quality of the cricket played by the media, but by the ‘he said, she said’ that occurred on the pitch; never mind that Kohli and India were as bad as we were. Root and Anderson and Broad haven’t exactly held back out there.

      Matt Prior is an ex player, not a current one, and with every statement his own profile rises.

      How about you – and others – grow up a bit. Sledging’s not going anywhere, and your article looks like sour grapes.

      • Columnist

        December 7th 2017 @ 7:38am
        Ryan O'Connell said | December 7th 2017 @ 7:38am | ! Report

        Spot on. This piece is pretty naive.

        Can’t believe there no mention of Jimmy Anderson in the piece, world cricket’s biggest sledger. Also, the reputation of Australian teams didn’t start with Alan Border at all; the “Ugly Aussies” reputation began under Ian Chappell’s leadership. Since then Australian teams have carried the reputation. No question it’s been often earned, but for the vast part, it’s more reputation than reality. As I’ve said elsewhere, it’s just Confirmation Bias now.

        • December 7th 2017 @ 8:36am
          Adsa said | December 7th 2017 @ 8:36am | ! Report

          Root had Anderson stationed right next to the bowlers stumps so he could get in the batsmans ear and Oz are the Sledgers ?!?!.

          • December 7th 2017 @ 9:52am
            Rostafari said | December 7th 2017 @ 9:52am | ! Report

            I totally agree. Anderson and Broad are amongst the biggest culprits so no right to complain

        • December 7th 2017 @ 8:48am
          Junior Coach said | December 7th 2017 @ 8:48am | ! Report

          Even thats a myth Ryan,at a club night I remember talking to Doug Walters(sorry for name dropping) and he out and out said that on the field Chapelli was a very quiet captain who would only “talk” to an opposition player if the opposition player said something first (and you have to remember back then the Shield meant these guys played against each other a lot). This was also born out by various comments by Clive Lloyd who regarded Chappelli as an honourable and steadfast opponent. He strongly believed that batters should bat, bowlers should bowl and umpires should umpire. His blow up with Glenn Turner is a case in point-look it up

        • December 7th 2017 @ 10:42am
          Jacko said | December 7th 2017 @ 10:42am | ! Report

          I dont get why Bullying is banned in all other aspects of life yet so prevalent on the sports field. And I dont care which side is the worst…all crime should be punished and bullying is a crime

          • Roar Guru

            December 7th 2017 @ 11:13am
            Chris Kettlewell said | December 7th 2017 @ 11:13am | ! Report

            There’s a big difference between sledging and bullying. You get guys like Anderson who can’t tell the two apart and so talk to a guy like George Bailey who’s just too nice for his own good and talk about wanting to punch him in the face. But having a few words here or there to try and put a player off is just part of the game. Like analysing a batsman’s struggles out loud enough so they can hear it and hopefully cause them to try something different that might get them out. Even better if they give your prime material, like introducing themselves to a complete stranger (who’s now part of your team) with an awkward headbutt, that’s just comedy gold.

            Going off what’s happened on the field so far in this series, the biggest sledgers have far and away been Anderson and Broad. It’s daylight second before you get anywhere near any of the Aussies.

            • Roar Guru

              December 7th 2017 @ 12:27pm
              The Barry said | December 7th 2017 @ 12:27pm | ! Report

              That’s what I found hard to comprehend about Anderson’s bullying claims.

              Anderson making physical threats is not isolated to Bailey and goes much further into bullying territory than 99% of sledges I’ve read or heard.

              I reckon the only logical conclusion is that it was all a massive wind up from Anderson and he’s been laughing hard ever since at all the fuss.

              • Roar Guru

                December 7th 2017 @ 12:52pm
                Chris Kettlewell said | December 7th 2017 @ 12:52pm | ! Report

                It’s possible that it was all gamesmanship, hoping it would affect the Aussies. But, as I’ve commented on here before, when I was playing cricket, it was always the same players who went on and on about certain players in the opposition who were exactly like the people they were complaining about (and often much worse).

        • December 7th 2017 @ 1:32pm
          Dexter The Hamster said | December 7th 2017 @ 1:32pm | ! Report

          Sorry guys, but the summary of all your arguments (i’m including all the commenters above) seems to be that “that Jimmy Anderson is a bit of a bully and hypocrite, so therefore we can be bullies as well”.

          As my dear old mother would say to me “if Jimmy Anderson jumped off a cliff, would you do it too….”

          • Columnist

            December 7th 2017 @ 1:54pm
            Ryan O'Connell said | December 7th 2017 @ 1:54pm | ! Report

            No. Got it all wrong.

            I don’t think Anderson is a bully, and I don’t think the Australians are bullies. They’re cricketers. They sledge. It happens, and I enjoy it.

            I wish Anderson wouldn’t whinge about it, because he’s a hypocrite for doing so.

            My issue isn’t that the Aussies sledge, it’s that they get slated for doing so when they’re no better or worse than anyone else. And to be clear, it’s not “they do it, so we can”, it’s cricket.

            • December 7th 2017 @ 11:31pm
              Adsa said | December 7th 2017 @ 11:31pm | ! Report

              Exactly Ryan and how good was it to watch, Anderson at the bowlers end fielding and having a bit to say and Smith expressing his thoughts as well, It’s cricket.

            • December 9th 2017 @ 12:00am
              Dexter The Hamster said | December 9th 2017 @ 12:00am | ! Report

              An official rebuke from ROC. My first time (sorry, I do tend to agree with you in most cases)

              I used “bullies” as Anderson had brought it up. Perhaps if I had just referred to “sledging” instead it might have made a small difference.

              Its funny how in most sports and general endeavours around the world, we Australians are held in very high regard. Except for our male cricketers. Maybe I’m just a bit embarrassed by that. Wish we could set the standard, instead of just mucking in with the rest of them. Just my humble opinion.

          • December 7th 2017 @ 1:54pm
            Don Freo said | December 7th 2017 @ 1:54pm | ! Report

            There is no comment anywhere that even suggests “…so we can be bullies as well.” A strange reading there Dexter.

            All the comments are simply saying that you are pointing at the wrong antagonist. Aussies aren’t doing it. Poms are…and very poorly.

            • December 8th 2017 @ 11:54pm
              Dexter The Hamster said | December 8th 2017 @ 11:54pm | ! Report

              So Don, your argument is that the Australian’s aren’t sledging?? Now that is a strange reading.

              Anyway, I guess we will all be into the Mitch Marsh selection debate soon enough, better sharpen up mate, Interesting times ahead.

              • December 9th 2017 @ 12:16am
                Don Freo said | December 9th 2017 @ 12:16am | ! Report

                Nah…the Pommy journalists call seem to think sledging is when Aussies celebrate a good ball. Very fragile. The Poms, however, swear, abuse and mock.

                The Aussies just laugh and, apparently, that is not showing enough respect to the Poms’ sledging.

                On the other point, you are 3 days off the pace.

          • December 7th 2017 @ 10:08pm
            Liam said | December 7th 2017 @ 10:08pm | ! Report

            I’m curious as to how you’ve summarised what I said above as ““that Jimmy Anderson is a bit of a bully and hypocrite, so therefore we can be bullies as well”.” when I barely mentioned Anderson, let alone other potential antagonists. My argument is thus; why on EARTH are we getting confected outrage at sledging when the cricket from both sides is more than worthy of discussion? England haven’t been poor, they’ve hung in matches until the final day across two tests; it’s taken some pretty inspired bowling to unseat them, despite their batting fragility, and what about that spell from Anderson a few nights ago? But no; you want to talk about how unfair it is that Australia had the gall both to win and to have a bit of a go in the interests of unsettling their opposition.

            Fact is, every single time Australia wins a match, they get castigated by sections of the media for sledging. ‘Ugly Aussies’ rears its head during every series, I suppose, to sell papers over any real relevance or actual events; this, despite the quality of cricket being more than adequate. It’s lazy, it’s reductive, and it’s really, really boring due to its cliche.

            Find something else to get angry about, because this particular outrage couldn’t compel me beyond a yawn.

          • December 8th 2017 @ 12:35am
            AndyFNQ said | December 8th 2017 @ 12:35am | ! Report

            I don’t care if Jimmy Anderson, England or any other team in the sledge or not, I still think Australia should.

      • December 8th 2017 @ 12:32am
        AndyFNQ said | December 8th 2017 @ 12:32am | ! Report

        Agreed

    • December 7th 2017 @ 6:44am
      rossco said | December 7th 2017 @ 6:44am | ! Report

      Well said and very true, a great Australian side would win without any sledging at all that’s why this side will never be great.

      • Roar Guru

        December 7th 2017 @ 9:21am
        JamesH said | December 7th 2017 @ 9:21am | ! Report

        Lol the great Australian teams this side of 1960 were all big sledgers. Smith’s mob is tame by comparison. England are just sooking.

    • December 7th 2017 @ 6:49am
      Onside said | December 7th 2017 @ 6:49am | ! Report

      Perspective : Professional cricket is a multi billion dollar industry played by multi millionaires.

      The promotional highlights are compilations of faux aggression,with broadcasters amplifying
      catches , wickets, screaming appeals, and ‘death stares’ , with special effects.

      Breweries are major sponsors. Adults wear KFC buckets, the Gabba has a swimming pool.

      Sledging is part of a package of well orchestrated live theater, creating an illusion of loathing.

      But off the field all players get on quite well with each other, because once the cricket caravan
      moves on to other formats, other countries, today’s illusional ‘enemy’ is tomorrows teammate.

    • Columnist

      December 7th 2017 @ 7:50am
      Brett McKay said | December 7th 2017 @ 7:50am | ! Report

      Can someone remind me how many players in the current India-Sri Lanka series have had theor match fees docked for crossing the line?

      I presume it’s more than all the horrible Australian players who won’t think of he children in this series…

      • December 7th 2017 @ 8:46am
        Basil said | December 7th 2017 @ 8:46am | ! Report

        Spot on Brett.

        On a positive note Mr Jump, you should use this article as a job application for a writer on Cricinfo.

        • December 7th 2017 @ 10:11am
          Marshall said | December 7th 2017 @ 10:11am | ! Report

          Wish I could upvote this, criciinfo has become a joke.

      • Roar Rookie

        December 7th 2017 @ 8:49am
        Hazey the Bear said | December 7th 2017 @ 8:49am | ! Report

        Won’t someone please think of the children!?!

      • Roar Guru

        December 7th 2017 @ 8:52am
        The Bush said | December 7th 2017 @ 8:52am | ! Report

        The only problem with that point Brett is that is just “lowest common denominator” stuff.

        I don’t buy into the belief that we’re significantly worse than any other team (especially England and India), but I don’t like it. Smith v England in his first innings was cringe worthy viewing to me. II tune in to watch the cricket, not Smith and Anderson play handbags. It’s also not how I was raised to behave towards my opposition; respect, humbleness in victory, graciousness in defeat, these were the attributes we strove for.

        • Columnist

          December 7th 2017 @ 9:00am
          Ryan O'Connell said | December 7th 2017 @ 9:00am | ! Report

          Guess you can’t please everybody then, because I absolutely loved it. It was compelling viewing.

          • Roar Guru

            December 7th 2017 @ 11:18am
            The Bush said | December 7th 2017 @ 11:18am | ! Report

            Nope, everyone’s got different tastes Ryan – that’s what makes the world an interesting place!

            • Roar Guru

              December 8th 2017 @ 7:06am
              Con Scortis said | December 8th 2017 @ 7:06am | ! Report

              True that, everyone’s got different taste. Some men like a bit of bush, others don’t.

        • December 7th 2017 @ 9:21am
          Brian said | December 7th 2017 @ 9:21am | ! Report

          Both india and south Africa have said we are worse then any other team.

          Even if they do have to sledge why did warner and lyon feel the need to declare it so before the games.

          • Roar Guru

            December 7th 2017 @ 11:20am
            The Bush said | December 7th 2017 @ 11:20am | ! Report

            They can say that if they want Brian, but as the articles point out, most of that is just perception. If an Australian cricketer and a South African cricketer say the same thing or behave the same way, because of the perception of the Australian team, it’ll be taken worse.

            As to any comments by India, I’d take them with a grain of salt.

          • December 7th 2017 @ 5:50pm
            Bakkies said | December 7th 2017 @ 5:50pm | ! Report

            Well of course that India would say that given that Jadeja and Kohli are two blokes you would like to wrap your pads around.

          • December 7th 2017 @ 6:34pm
            Howzat said | December 7th 2017 @ 6:34pm | ! Report

            “Both India and south Africa have said ………….”

            Lots of things get said during a series, there’s plenty of gamesmanship off the pitch as well.

        • Columnist

          December 7th 2017 @ 9:25am
          Brett McKay said | December 7th 2017 @ 9:25am | ! Report

          And I absolutely get that Bushy, but I bring it up just to highlight the impossible standards that the Australian team is held to.

          If you scroll through the ICC CoC breach list over the last year, you’ll see far more South African, Sri Lankan, and English players listed than Australians (of which there are two: Wade and Paine). Ben Stokes is listed THREE times!

          Link: https://www.icc-cricket.com/about/cricket/rules-and-regulations/code-of-conduct

          I watch the cricket for the cricket too, but player interaction, even occasional heated interaction is part of the game at pretty much every level. Yes, players need to be aware of where the line is, but the umpires and match referees are also there to enforce that line. And when the charges against players who have crossed the line is viewed, it very clearly shows that one-sided, tunnel-vision opinions like this one of Jump Balls just don’t hold water.

          • December 7th 2017 @ 10:13am
            Marshall said | December 7th 2017 @ 10:13am | ! Report

            Stokes has had huge amounts of breachs and is currently suspended for knocking a person unconcious, anderson and broad talk more than any 2 players in world cricket, Bairstow headbutted a state player in a bar, Root practically chased down handscomb and escorted him off the field sledging the whole way the other night.

            But no, it’s the Australians in this series who are the ugly team.

            Turn it up, poms have become worse than Kholi and the Indians.

            • December 7th 2017 @ 6:01pm
              Bakkies said | December 7th 2017 @ 6:01pm | ! Report

              Agreed Marshall. Root pointed his bat at the Australian slip cordon on day 4. I though they were cracking down on that behaviour.

              This is after Anderson was deliberately blocking Smith by fielding next to the pitch.

          • Roar Guru

            December 7th 2017 @ 11:22am
            The Bush said | December 7th 2017 @ 11:22am | ! Report

            Brett,

            Look I agree with all that. And I’m not saying I don’t want to see emotion on the field. To be honest, if they left it at the witty banter (think the Australian team barking after they were called a pack of dogs), no worries (though even that can get old after a while). But Smith v Anderson/Broad the other night was ridiculous. If you’re being separated by the umpires, regardless of whether you’re breaking the rules, it’s become a shambles.

            But Ryan points out – everyone’s got different tastes. These are just mine.

            • December 7th 2017 @ 11:54am
              Free 2 Fly said | December 7th 2017 @ 11:54am | ! Report

              But who was responsible for that. From my perspective it was an English tactic that was specifically designed to try and rile up the Australians and particularly Smith. The fielding position set by Root actually seemed to have minimal cricket value other than to try and rile up Smith to get him out of his zone. Now unfortunately Smith bit but, I don’t think that it is his fault when it was set up completely just to try and irritate him.

              • Roar Guru

                December 7th 2017 @ 12:28pm
                The Bush said | December 7th 2017 @ 12:28pm | ! Report

                So what you’re saying is not only should we participate in the blame game, but that apparently the tactics even work.

                Rightly or wrongly, all your post suggests to me is that if Smith had been the bigger man, ignored them, spent less time chatting and more time checking the field and batting, he might not have gotten out as he did?

              • December 7th 2017 @ 6:05pm
                Bakkies said | December 7th 2017 @ 6:05pm | ! Report

                I would have run in to Anderson’s back. It is hardly obstructing the field as Anderson was there to bait the batsman personally not to get him out.

        • Roar Guru

          December 7th 2017 @ 9:36am
          JamesH said | December 7th 2017 @ 9:36am | ! Report

          But that’s the thing, Bush. Once the day’s play ends, Australia are generally respectful, humble and gracious. They give it as good as anyone on the field but that’s where they leave it, even when it goes too far. You only have to look at Lyon congratulating Root as they left the field on the fourth day, with the match still in the balance.

          There have been a couple of argy-bargies as players have left the field on other days but these mainly seemed to be carried on by the poms from the in-play sledging, wanting to get stuck into Handscomb. This is what other teams don’t seem to get – the sledging is all just a game to the Aussies. It’s rarely personal unless their opponents make it so. I can live without it, particularly send-offs, but it’s the post-play stuff I really hate.

          I don’t remember Smith, Warner or Starc publicly bad-mouthing opponents at the end of the day. The only current players I can immediately recall slagging off an opposition player to the media after a day’s play in recent years are du Plessis (‘pack of dogs’), Kohli (no respect for MJ), Root (the disrespectful laughing non-issue) and Anderson (Australians are bullies). Last time I checked, none of them played for Australia.

          • Roar Guru

            December 7th 2017 @ 9:39am
            JamesH said | December 7th 2017 @ 9:39am | ! Report

            PS this is why I actually like Stuart Broad, in a pantomime villain way. He’s happy to get into the verbal stuff on the field but he tends to leave it there. When he does say something to the media it tends to be tongue-in-cheek.

            • Roar Guru

              December 7th 2017 @ 11:28am
              The Bush said | December 7th 2017 @ 11:28am | ! Report

              I don’t have much of an issue with Broad. I feel if he was Australian, we’d love the way he goes about the game. Anderson is the one I can’t stand. He is the embodiment of English Cricket – happy to dish it out, but can’t handle it back and seems surprisingly mentally weak for a guy who has over 500 test wickets.

              • Columnist

                December 8th 2017 @ 3:47am
                Ryan O'Connell said | December 8th 2017 @ 3:47am | ! Report

                Spot on. Never seen Broad complain. If anything, he revels in it.

          • Roar Guru

            December 7th 2017 @ 11:19am
            Chris Kettlewell said | December 7th 2017 @ 11:19am | ! Report

            Probably the biggest difference between Australia and the other teams isn’t that Australia gives it worse than anyone else, but that Australia just takes it better, so they are the ones you don’t see up on the media whinging about it. If an Aussie acted like Broad and Anderson in the first innings here, the English would be moaning about it in the press afterwards, but if you ask Smith about it he’ll say things like “he likes it” and thinks it’s a good part of the game and all that.

            So that’s probably it, the reputation just comes from the Aussies being the ones who don’t whinge about the opposition sledging, and therefore people assume Australia must be the bigger sledges. But they aren’t, they are just not whingers.

            • December 7th 2017 @ 2:29pm
              Brian said | December 7th 2017 @ 2:29pm | ! Report

              Very easy to not whinge when you are winning. Last year the whinging aimed at Du Plessis was ridiculous.

              • December 7th 2017 @ 5:23pm
                Jeffrey Dun said | December 7th 2017 @ 5:23pm | ! Report

                Did the Australian players whine about Faf ? My recollection is that Smith said it was no big deal.

              • Roar Guru

                December 8th 2017 @ 8:26am
                Chris Kettlewell said | December 8th 2017 @ 8:26am | ! Report

                Yes, I think Jeffrey is right. I think all the Aussie team were pretty much baffled by why there was such a big deal made. It was all the media that was going on about it, not the players.

          • Roar Guru

            December 7th 2017 @ 11:26am
            The Bush said | December 7th 2017 @ 11:26am | ! Report

            James,

            As I said, I don’t buy into the perception that Australia is worse than anyone else. I also agree with you that Australians do seem better at leaving it on the field. That’s almost certainly a cultural thing though and I suspect this is where some of this goes wrong.

            I suppose what I’m really getting at is I just find it off putting to view from an aesthetics perspective. I’ve tuned in to watch the cricket, the test match is in the balance, the world’s best batsman is there to show us his stuff and instead I have to watch a bunch of fully grown adults mouth off after every ball (delaying the play) and then be separated by umpires during the break because they can’t just get on with the game.

            Whatever happened to a solid stare down and leave your batting/bowling to do the talking…

          • December 7th 2017 @ 2:15pm
            HB said | December 7th 2017 @ 2:15pm | ! Report

            ‘You only have to look at Lyon congratulating Root as they left the field on the fourth day, with the match still in the balance.’

            Lol, I think this was mainly in my head, but I assumed that Lyon was wryly congratulating Root for stretching out the last over so that there wouldn’t be another one, after Root was annoyed with Lyon for doing the same the night before (albeit much more blatantly).

          • December 7th 2017 @ 6:08pm
            Bakkies said | December 7th 2017 @ 6:08pm | ! Report

            Root is a child. Smith and Bancroft were laughing at the questions (and I wouldn’t blame the journos for taking the Michael too) and the fact that Bairstow introduced himself to an opponent with a headbutt. If Root was a man he would have looked at Bairstow for giving him the material.

            • Roar Guru

              December 8th 2017 @ 8:27am
              Chris Kettlewell said | December 8th 2017 @ 8:27am | ! Report

              Yeah, the fact that they made so much out of that was ridiculous. Surely the thing to do would have been to have a laugh themselves at the ridiculousness of the whole thing.

      • December 7th 2017 @ 10:47am
        Jacko said | December 7th 2017 @ 10:47am | ! Report

        Brett that is a sad attitude…Others are doing it so it must be fine? Others are doing all sorts of crimes and they should all be punished for their crimes…Bullying is a crime in every other aspect of our life here in Aus so why is it allowed on the sporting field?

        • Columnist

          December 7th 2017 @ 10:56am
          Brett McKay said | December 7th 2017 @ 10:56am | ! Report

          That’s not what I’m saying at all Jacko, what I’m saying is that if you want to make a point about sledging and behaviour, you can’t be so narrow-minded to suggest that Australians are the worst at it when the evidence doesn’t even go close to supporting that.

          On your point, I’m wondering if you could elaborate on ‘Bullying is a crime’? I’m perhaps a little confused by your wording, what exactly do you mean?

        • December 7th 2017 @ 5:26pm
          Jeffrey Dun said | December 7th 2017 @ 5:26pm | ! Report

          Sounds like you know precisely what is being said Jacko. Are you a lip reader ?

          Can you give us all the details of on-field comments, I’d love to know.

    • December 7th 2017 @ 7:55am
      bigbaz said | December 7th 2017 @ 7:55am | ! Report

      Love to play golf with you China, have you in tears by the second tee. Chappell’s mob were the first that the media reported on re sledging, they were a long way from the first to practice the fine art.

      • Roar Guru

        December 7th 2017 @ 12:33pm
        The Barry said | December 7th 2017 @ 12:33pm | ! Report

        hahahaha…I’d love to see / hear that golf game

        get miked up and make it happen !

      • December 7th 2017 @ 5:28pm
        Jeffrey Dun said | December 7th 2017 @ 5:28pm | ! Report

        “Chappell’s mob were the first that the media reported on re sledging…”

        Chappell’s mob coined the term ‘sledging’. They didn’t invent it. They say WG was a great sledger.

    • Roar Guru

      December 7th 2017 @ 8:21am
      Red Kev said | December 7th 2017 @ 8:21am | ! Report

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