Irrespective of which era they belong to, one thing you’d associate with the Australians is sledging. Whether they want play mind games or try to distract an in form batsman, they just relentless hurl abuses at their opponents. Sometimes it works in their and sometimes it backfires in a way they’d least expect, when their opponents sledge back. Here are five such moments when Aussies were put in their place by their opponents.
*Warning the following content involves savagery of the highest order with massive comebacks and mic drop moments.*
Rodney Marsh vs Ian Botham
The following incident involved England legend sir Ian Botham and his Australian counterpart Rodney Marsh during an Ashes Test, where Both would put Marsh in his place with a moment of savage.
Marsh who was keeping behind Botham would go on to ask, “So how’s your wife & my kids?”
To which, Botham would reply, “The wife is fine but the kids are retarded.” And this would indeed shut up Marsh for good. Never mess with Sir Ian mate!
Shane Warne vs Daryll Cullinan
Warne had the better of Cullinan the last time they both came face to face. As a result the legendary leggie would act too cocky by saying, “I’ve waited two years for this opportunity to humiliate you.”
However, Cullinan shot back smartly with the words, “Well looks like you spent it eating,” taking a jibe at Warne’s fat body.
Mark Waugh vs James Ormond
Mark Waugh tried his fair share of luck by sledging James Ormond, a relative newcomer to the English side. However, all that led to was a slap in the face moment for the younger Waugh brother.
Upon Ormond’s arrival at the crease Mark said. “f**k me, look who it is. Mate, what are you doing out here? There’s no way you’re good enough to play for England.”
Ormond came with a savage comeback and replied “Maybe not, but at least I’m the best player in my family,” making an instinctive reference that Mark’s elder brother Steve was the better of the two.
Mike Whitney vs Ravi Shastri
Well, often you don’t see Indians sledging back and forth in those days, but one day Ravi Shastri showed how brutal the sub-continent giants can be if pushed beyond a limit.
Yes, this is an incident where a rookie in Mike Whitney tried be “the guy” using the ‘five seconds of fame’ he had has a substitute, but unfortunately for him it turned out to his ‘walk of shame’
The incident occurs when Shastri hits the ball to Whitney and contemplates a single. Whitney throws the ball in and says: “Stay in your crease or I’ll break your f**k*n head”. Shastri replies: “If you could bowl as well as you talk you wouldn’t be the f**k*n 12th man.”
David Boon vs Malcolm Marshall
Retired Australian opener David Boon was playing West Indian great late Malcolm Marshall in Test and was getting beaten multiple times.
Marshall would eventually get close to Boon and said, “Now David, are you going to get out now or am I going to have to bowl around the wicket and kill you?”