>excessive amounts of Australian sledging in the women's team. Let us pass
>right over the classic line "To see their chatter as unseemly and unfeminine
>is to underestimate their keen sense of competition" and go straight to the
>shocking case in point.
Well the story is about as reliable as most from the "Press"
>"During the World Cup match against Australia, the veteran batsman Barbara
>Daniels spotted a sweet just feet in front of her. According to the England
>manager Gill McConway, when she bent down to remove it, she read "Bye Bye
>BD" imprinted on the top side. Her concentration and confidence were
>shattered and Australia were euphoric to see her depart for 28."
As I understand it (and this is about as direct a source as you can get
(need I say more)), there was indeed a love heart on the crease when she
came in to bat, but it simply said "bye, bye" - no initials had been
added. BB simply swept it away along with other rubbish that had
accumulated and didn't think about it again. To suggest anything quite
so simplistic could upset BB is to show you don't know her. I don't
think she found it funny at the time since she simply didn't think about
it i.e. had her mind on other things. (She didn't find it unfunny
either!) On reflection later I think she is quite amused but I suggest
the Aussie bowling had rather more to do with the 28 than the love heart
I suggested to her (it was in a Test match - not an ODI!) that she
should have handed it to Julia Price and said "I'll need that at close
of play after batting "X" hours - save it for me" or similar, but I
think trying to sledge BB is about as effective as attacking a rhino
with a toothpick.
>I normally disapprove of sledging, but you have no idea how much I would
>love it if this story were true. Alas, the chances of it being based in
>fact are (I would estimate) about 1000-1.
I agree with you - sledging has no place in cricket.
So there you are .. the story has a basis in fact. I don't think BB or
any of the England squad would consider this sledging. They do (contrary
to what Julia Price has written elsewhere) have a sense of humour. What
has surprised them at times (though I don't think it's made the
slightest difference to the performance of any player) has been the
language that is sometimes used. Many of our women are also ladies ...
(my statement not theirs!) Hence the Aussies have earned the term
"hillbillies" that appeared from England lips at the Test Match and I
think it might stick.
If you have to sledge you simply make yourself look rather poor at it if
you rely on expletives rather than humour.
>Hohoho. "They attacked me brutally with lollies!"
That sums up BB's opinion I would guess ... a little more 'sledging'
like this might actually add to the game ... (now what am I saying?)
One joke that got somewhat turned on its head (it's funny how the best
sledges are those where the sledged has a ready answer) was about Jan
Brittin who was said to be "sleeping on her feet" by the Aussies as she
had taken about 4 sessions in a Test Match to make 140+. Jan didn't
think of it but someone suggested that with Jan's skill they'd need to
bowl rather better before she needed to wake up!
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