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THE BEST CRICKET SLEDGES  In the heat of battle, when tensions         	 Quick as a flash, Brandes replied:        MERV HUGHES V JAVED MIANDAD
                          and emotions are running high,               “Because every time I make love to          The inimitable Merv Hughes has forgotten
                          most cricket fans love to see a bit of       your wife, she gives me a biscuit.”         more about sledging than most people
                          sledging and banter between rivals, it       RAVI SHASTRI V MIKE WHITNEY                 will ever know, so he was more than
                          adds to the spice of the occasion. Here      Its common knowledge that Indians           a little miffed to be on the receiving
                          are a few of the funniest and best head      usually don’t resort to sledging, and the   end in the 1991 Adelaide Test against
                          to heads by some of crickets greatest        Aussies swear by it. In this rare occasion  Pakistan. Hughes and Javed Miandad
                          players over the years…                      the tables had turned and it was the        almost came to blows after the Pakistani
                          VIV RICHARDS V GREG THOMAS                   Aussies who were at the receiving end.      batsman dared to call big Merv a ‘fat bus
                          Glamorgan quickie Greg Thomas had            	 Shastri hits the ball towards Mike        conductor’. But revenge was sweet for
                          beaten Viv Richards’ bat a couple of times   Whitney (the 12th man in the game) and      Hughes. A few balls later he finally got
                          and informed the legendary West Indian       looks for a single, this guy gets the ball  his man and as Miandad walked past,
                          ace: ”It’s red, round and weighs about five  in and says Whitney: “If you leave the      he could not resist shouting “Tickets,
                          ounces, in case you were wondering.”         crease I’ll break your f***ing head!”       please!”
                          	 The very next ball was given the           	 Shastri didn’t bat an eyelid before       DARYLL CULLINAN V SHANE WARNE
                          King Viv treatment and smashed out of        replying: “If you could bat as well as      As Cullinan was on his way to the wicket,
                          the ground, into a river – at which point    you can talk you wouldn’t be the            Warne told him he had been waiting two
                          Richards piped up:                           f***ing 12th man!”                          years for another chance to humiliate him.
                          “Greg, you know what it looks like.          ROBIN SMITH V MERV HUGHES                   “Looks like you spent it eating,”
                          Now go and find it.”                         During the 1989 Lords Test, Merv Hughes     Cullinan retorted.
                          GLENN MCGRATH V EDDO BRANDES                 said to Robin Smith after he played and     JAMES ORMOND V MARK WAUGH
                          Aussie paceman Glenn McGrath was             missed: “You can’t f***ing bat.”            James Ormond had just come out to
                          bowling to Zimbabwe number 11 Eddo           	 Smith replied, both with the bat and      bat on an Ashes Tour and was greeted
                          Brandes – who was unable to get his          with words; he smashed Hughes to the        by Mark Waugh…Mark: “F**k me, look
                          bat anywhere near the ball. McGrath,         boundary and said “Hey Merv, we make        who it is. Mate, what are you doing
                          frustrated that Brandes was still at the     a fine pair. I can’t f***ing bat and you    out here, there’s no way you’re good
                          crease, wandered up during one particular    can’t f***ing bowl.”                        enough to play for England.“
                          over and inquired: “Why are you so                                                       	James: “Maybe not, but at least
                          fat?”                                                                                    I’m the best player in my family!”

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