Race, religion and family all out of bounds when sledging
SOME of Rockhampton's veteran cricketers yesterday came out swinging in defence of the art of sledging.
As the spotlight shines on the next Ashes Test between Australia and England, The Morning Bulletin spoke to some of Rocky's current and past cricketers to find out what was acceptable when it came to sledging.
Gracemere's cricket team captain Aaron Harmsworth said his favourite sledge came wittingly from a father whose son was in the opposing team and was about to face up.
"Hey mate, I slept with your mother last night."
Aaron, who plays cricket for Rockhampton, Gracemere and Central Queensland, said it was important cricketers did not get too personal in a sledge.
Race, religion and family matters were a dead-set no-no, Aaron said.
And others, like retired cricketer Robin Adams, agreed: "It's two-fold ... it's fine to sledge for a bit of light humour, but then you get some who you shouldn't fire up.
"I think the higher the competition, like the Ashes for instance, the more serious they are."
Ashes antagoniser James Anderson, 31, was at the centre of escalating events a week ago in Brisbane when he engaged in heated verbal clashes with Australian debutant George Bailey and home captain Michael Clarke.
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