One of the most fiercest and competitive events in world sport is an England versus Australia Ashes cricket series. The Ashes battles have been aggressively fought over since December 30, 1882. The action on the field of play is often red-hot and hostile, and that can lead to verbal skirmishes between the opposition players. Ashes cricket test matches wouldn’t be the same without a war of words – sledging as it is best known – and below are some of the best Ashes cricket sledging quotes.
England & Australia Ashes Cricket Sledging Quotes
“If you turn the bat over there’s instructions on the back.” – Aussie fast bowler Merv Hughes to Graeme Hick after yet another play and miss.
Australia batsman Matthew Hayden arrived in England for the 1993 Ashes tour having recently released a cookery book. However, one England fan wasn’t impressed with his batting or culinary skills.
“You’re sh*t Hayden – and so is your chicken casserole .”
“Don’t bother shutting the gate son, you’ll be back soon.” – Fred Trueman welcoming a new Australian batsman on to the field.
“You’ve got to bat on this in a minute, Tuffers. Hospital food suit you?” – Craig McDermott to Phil Tufnell after the ecstatic England spinner had clean bowled the Aussie quickie.
“It’s no good hitting me there mate, there’s nothing to damage.” – England batsman Derek Randall’s response after being hit on the head by a Dennis Lillee bouncer.
England batsman David Steele arrives at the crease and offers some solid advice to Australian keeper Rod Marsh.
“Take a good look at this arse of mine, you’ll see plenty of it this summer.”
“Would you like me to bowl a piano and see if you can play that.” – Merv Hughes to England’s prolific Graham Gooch who uncharacteristically was struggling to get bat on to ball.
Spectators join in the sledging too. This hurtful jibe was thrown by an Australian spectator toward England spinner Phil Tufnell.
“Oi, Tufnell! Can I borrow your brain? I’m building an idiot.”
Funny Ashes Cricket Sledging Exchanges
How about this very funny cricket quotes exchange between Australian wicketkeeper Rod Marsh and England legend Ian Botham.
Rod Marsh – “How’s your wife and my kids?”
Ian Botham – “The wife’s fine, but the kids are retarded.”
The 1932-33 Ashes ‘Bodyline’ series in Australia produced this absolute gem from the two rival captains.
Douglas Jardine – “Your slip just swore at me.”
Bill Woodfull – “All right, which one of you b*st*rds called this b*st*rd a b*st*rd ?”
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