Andrew Flintoff saw his opponent Tino Best, who was known for loving a bit of a slog preparing to face an off-spiner and shouted:
“Watch the windows, Tino!”
This had the exact desired effect.
Best came charging out of his crease like a mad man. He took a wild swing at the ball, missed it completely and was promptly stumped by Geraint Jones.
The windows were safe. Tino walked off. Flintoff spent the next few overs giggling like a little schoolgirl.
During Ricky Pontings first Ashes series as captain, taking over from retired captain Steve Waugh, Ponting was doing the captains duty of verbally abusing his English counterpart Michael Vaugh as he took to the pitch to bat.
Vaughan put Ponting in his place when he told him:
“Get back in the slips Ponting. Who do you think you are, Steve Waugh?”
Talented bowler Zaheer Khan had been having a very public battle keeping his weight down after an injury. He arrived at the crease one day at Trent Bridge in 2007 to find that the English fielder’s had decided to treat him.
Some one had put a jelly bean on the pitch.
He promptly removed it, only to find that more appeared after each ball was delivered.
Khan didn’t find it as funny as the English players and, not knowing just who was the jellybean culprit, raised his bat threateningly towards Kevin Pietersen.
Paul Collingwood later said of the incident “He wasn’t to pleased. I think he prefers the blue ones to the pink ones”.
Whichever he preferred, he went out the next day and took his revenge on the English, by taking 5 wickets that day.
Bowling to border, the 6ft 6 Englishman Fraser, beat the bat a couple of times and was getting chirpy at the Australian captain Border.
Border, clearly not in the mood, replied “I’ve faced bigger, uglier bowlers than you mate, now fuck off and bowl the next one”
WG Grace, known for being highly unwilling to leave the ground before he felt it was his time, was not always the one dishing out the sledges.
Charles Kortright had four or five appeals against Grace turned down by the umpires.. Finally, he knocked two of Grace’s three stumps out of the ground. Grace stalled, as though waiting for a reprieve from the umpires, before reluctantly walking off with Kortright’s words in his ears: “Surely you’re not going, doctor? There’s still one stump standing.”
The great WG Grace was known for refusing to leave the ground, when he deemed that he should not be given out, and it wasnt very often that someone stood up to the 6 foot 2 doctor.
But one time, when the ball knocked off a bail, he replaced it and told the umpire: “Twas the wind which took thy bail off, good sir.”
The umpire replied: “Indeed, doctor, and let us hope thy wind helps the good doctor on thy journey back to the pavilion.
Often described as the greatest ever player of the game, WG Grace was more than aware of his ability with the bat and the ball.
Once given out leg-before, he refused to walk and told the bowler: “They came to watch me bat, not you bowl” And continued to bat on.