Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Howzat Vintage Cricket T-Shirt

By all reports, in the days of W.G. Grace, cricket was as a gentleman's game.  They were competitive, but not 'unsporting'.  There was likely to be a healthy respect for the opposition, and their talents, which manifested in handshakes at the close of play and comments of 'well done old boy'.

Nowadays, cricket is entertaining on more than one level.  Sure there's the conventional sporting contest, but a new game has emerged in recent decades - a game that goes well beyond athletic ability (ahhm, the term 'athletic' used loosely as applied to cricketers - see below). 

The new game is the exploitation of an opposition player's mental fragility - otherwise known as 'sledging'!

Warnie possessed an uncanny ability to be a master of both.  But even a master gets tested, as Warne was by South African Daryll Cullinan, aka Warne's bunny:

As Cullinan was on his way to the wicket, Warne told him he had been waiting 2 years for another chance to humiliate him. "Looks like you spent it eating ," Cullinan retorted.

In a separate match, Ian Healy continued the food theme when Warne was attempting to get, plump Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga out of his crease for a drive - Healy stated "Warnie, put a Mars Bar on a good length, that should do it."

What is the best sledge you've heard, either in professional sport, or at a local level?

Vintage cricket needs a vintage t-shirt, so... howzat!

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