During the 1997 Ashes series, England’s coach David Lloyd and captain Michael Atherton came to a realisation about Steve Waugh. He loved getting sledged. He actually thrived under it. So the English team made a decree. No one at all was to talk to Waugh when he came out to bat.
Australia were 3-42 when Waugh came out to bat, and it didnt take long for waugh to realise
“Oh, I get it. Nobody’s talking to Steve. OK! I’ll talk to my fucking self then”
Waugh then proceeded to spend the next 4 hours talking to himself while making 108 runs.
The next innings England repeated the silent treatment, and Waugh repeated his efforts. He made 116 in the second innings.