Now this is one interesting collection. I can’t wait to see some typical English postcard humour.
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By Will 7 years ago, at the end of October Leave a comment on this post
Beach, a comic artist, emailed me yesterday with details of a new set (Postcards from the Sledge) of postcards he has drawn and designed - and they’re absolutely superb. Based on cricket sledges between England and Australia (mainly), they’re unique to say the least and great fun.
Beach has kindly donated a copy for me to review but, in the meantime, we’re going to be showing ten of them here on the blog, starting today, as a countdown to the first Test at Brisbane. A new one will appear every third day. Of course, you shouldn’t just wait for them to show up here…go and buy your own! Here’s the first:
And visit his site for more information.
14 Responses to “Postcards from the Sledge (1 of 10)”
October 25th, 2006 at 9.17 pm
October 25th, 2006 at 11.22 pm
Why would anyone want to celebrate sledging, or as the infamous steve waugh tried to mask it “mental disintegration”? it is one of the factors that causes the current australian champions to be reviled, as opposed to the respect people had for the west indian juggernaut that preceded them.
October 26th, 2006 at 12.21 am
Joel Rapersad must be “off with the fairies”. The world champion WI side was the most arrogant team in history. The current Australian team are babes in the park in comparision.
October 26th, 2006 at 2.17 am
Ned, what is your meaning of arrogant? The online free dictionary http://www.thefreedictionary.com/ says arrogant means “Having or displaying a sense of overbearing self-worth or self-importance”. Did you see the West Indies’ display of self-worth overbearing? Perhaps, you can be excused (like so many others) at being perturbed at the constant celebrations of a team that could only defeat the opposition on a constant basis. And by the way, the Aussies are from being babes - they aren’t that young. England will confirm that in a matter of weeks!
October 26th, 2006 at 2.37 am
Ned Simpson seems to be unable to differentiate arrogance from malice - is he referring to the same Australian team who made train whistle noises at Chris Cairns shortly after his sister was tragically killed in a train accident? The West Indians were indeed arrogant, surely the perogative of such a talented and successful team, but the Aussies seem to take great delight in inflicting intentional harm. Joel’s comments were not made without foundation.
October 26th, 2006 at 8.14 am
Ned, my dyslexic friend, i never said they (west indies) were angelic. this article is about SLEDGING. get the point. i said they (WI) didnt sledge other teams; they merely crushed them with all round cricket skill, unlike the aussie “disintegrators”.(talk about a euphimism!)
October 26th, 2006 at 10.04 pm
Joel I’m sorry about the dyslexia. I’ll throw myself behind a bus for you! And YES I do mean the WI team were guilty of intimidation and sledging. Who can forget the constant barrage of short pitched deliveries at tail ender Craig McDermott who was, at the same time, sledged constantly and called a “white coward” by the WI team. To be fair to both that WI team and the current Australian team most of the criticism comes from their success. All teams sledge. We only care about the great teams.
October 27th, 2006 at 2.37 pm
Lets hope there’s my favourite in the set…
Eddo Brandes (The Zimbabwean chicken farmer) replying to a typically Wildean sally from Glenn McGrath of “Why are you so fat?” - replied “Because every time I sh*g your wife she gives me a biscuit!”. Resultant hysterical laughter from the Aussie slip cordon improved McGrath’s mood no end!!
I wonder if they’re going to include some of the lively ‘banter’ that went on between Ramnaresh Sarwan and McGrath during the last Australian tour to the West Indies?
It’s always been an ambition of mine to turn up with a group of mates to a book shop where Steve Waugh is doing a book-signing. We’d surround his table and abuse him incessantly… sarky comments every time he took a drink of water, sly innuendo each time he picked up his pen to write anything, and then bump his chair everytime we walked past. Eventually he’d leave in disgust to us chanting ‘mental disintegration, mental disintegration’ after him…
Childish? Yes, of course - but he started it sir!!
October 27th, 2006 at 11.02 pm
It seems that Steve Waugh’s tactic of ‘mental disintegration’ was not only successful on the cricket field but off it as well. It seems to have had a lasting effect on cricket fans from other nations.
I have nothing against sledging when it’s humourous. But personal attacks, malice and racism have no place in a sporting arena and that should apply to all teams, be they minnows or world champions.
I can’t wait for the battle for the Ashes to start! It should be a great contest. I think the key to England’s chances will be whether or not ‘Freddy’ can reproduce the wonderful efforts he produced in England last time.
Let the battle begin!
October 31st, 2006 at 11.34 am
Lets just hope the umpires do a better job this time. Aussies will steam roll the poms. To much pressure england, australia have gone from strength to strength since the ashes in england. England have no chance they have played under par.
November 10th, 2006 at 4.59 am
A lot of unsubstantiated innueuendo masquerading as fact in the above. I can understand the frustrations of following a side which used to win but now usually loses every Test of a series when it plays overseas. But let’s not allow the passage of time to distort history. Perhaps some of you should get hold of a tape of the 79/80 series in New Zealand-one long stream of weeks of sledging, umpire abuse, kicking of stumps over, and refusing to return after intervals unless an umpire is replaced. When the Aussies get to that stage, we can talk about who is reviled and who is respected. Or a tape of the 1990 series in the Carribean against England. Never seen an Australian captain run the length of the pitch to intimidate an umpire into giving a decision that captain was not in any position to see. Or even the recent champions trophy. If an Australian had carried out the physical intimidation perpetrated by Chris Gayle, we never would have heard the end of it. Surely the West Indies side is respected more in retrospect than it was at the time. So will the Australian side be. But trying to tell us the West Indian side didn’t sledge?
November 10th, 2006 at 8.37 am
Every national team that I have ever seen play is guilty of sledging.
The great WI team of yesteryear and the current Australian team are focused on because the fans of other national teams were/are frustrated by their success.
December 19th, 2006 at 3.39 am
G’day Bush Khan, well your few weeks are up, have you confirmed anything yet? The ashes are back where they belong. So far 3 nil, can the “oldies’ make it 5 nil?
December 21st, 2006 at 8.46 am
what would cricket be without sledge without mind games that go on. the job at hand is to win and at that level times are tough so you do what you have to to get the job done and with that comes the arrogance to walk out on to the pitch and say my team and i are the best in the bizz. the wi were good in the eights becouse they said they would be and teams feared that they were so confident in there own players to do the job that as opp u belived it the thought is not how long can i stay here but how long before im back in the pavillon