More than a game.

Posted: November 25, 2013 in This is the Voice of Lefty Reason

Jonathan Trott the OCD-ish, South African born England batsman is packing up his troubles and hot footing it back to blighty suffering from some sort of stress related ailment.  Poor Trotty is not the first, and certainly will not be the last, cricketer to succumb to inner demons.  Cricket, perhaps uniquely, is a team game that is also hugely individual.  The fabled loneliness of the long distance runner is mirrored by the sheer sense of being alone as players begin the long trudge to the crease.  Upon arrival they will be met with a barrage of concentration-sapping sledging.  Sledging used to be seen as a bit of an art; it was generally good natured, took a bit of thought and was part of the game that we could chortle at.  Nowadays sledging has increasingly become personal, nasty and indicative of the win-at-all-cost mentality that seems to be part and parcel of modern day professional sport.  Gentle ribbing (Mind the windows Tino!) has been replaced with venom (you’re gonna get your fucking arm broke…).  Call me old fashioned but I preferred the older, more genteel, less soccer-ised version of the sledge.  I leave the last word to Eddo Brandes, an overweight Zimbabwean chicken farmer who, when sledged “Brandes, why are you so fat?” by the great Aussie bowler Glenn McGrath, replied with the killer line “…because every time I f*** your wife she gives me a biscuit…”  I hope the funny-sledge, like Trotty, returns to the game sooner rather than later.

  1. Mark Barton says:

    Couldn’t agree more Strain!!!! Rather sad in this day and age you have to revert to that kind of sledging. I rather enjoyed the banter we all used to have on a field. Still cracks me up thinking back now.

  2. strainsview says:

    cheers Barty – sport should be played with grace and respect for the opposition, not snarling hatred (leave that to the footballers…)

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