Wednesday 24 November 2010

And you thought cricket was a gentlemen's game...

Ahead of the start of the Ashes later today, here are a few classic moments from out in the middle that the viewers at home will probably have missed.

Ian Botham took guard in an Ashes match, Australian wicketkeeper Rod Marsh welcomed him to the wicket by saying: "So how's your wife and my kids?"

Australian fast bowler Merv Hughes was bowling to England batsman Robin Smith during the 1989 Lords Test Match. After Smith had played and missed Hughes shouted to him: "You can't ****ing bat". Later in the over Smith smacked the ball to the boundary and replied: "Hey Merv, we make a fine pair. I can't ****ing bat and you can't ****ing bowl."

Finally, England bowler (not a very good one) James Ormond had just come out to bat on an Ashes tour and was greeted by Australian Mark Waugh (Waugh's brother was also a Test cricketer) who said, "Look who it is. Mate, what are you doing out here, there's no way you're good enough to play for England". Ormond, quick as a flash, replied, "Maybe not but at least I'm the best player in my family."

Expect a few more of these type of exchanges in the coming weeks.  

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