What with Paul Nixon taking English sledging to a new level and a big jump in harrowdrive subscribers this week I thought it was the perfect time to ask you a question.
Do you sledge?
We certainly do at my club, although it's more subtle than the in-your-face insult stuff of the International game. Here are some ways I like to do it:
- Indirect Comments. I'll often make a comment (just loud enough) to a team mate about the batsman's technique. If he drives well I'll note he likes to flash outside the off stump or seems weak on the leg side. Backing this up by moving a fielder away from the leg side or into the slips works well too.
- Distractions. A great way to get the batsman in a negative frame of mind is to distract him with talk about unrelated things. The idea is to get him out of concentrating on the moment and thinking about stuff that is putting him off. It's subtle and easy to go too far though, so take care!
- Chirping. This is an easy one for the keepers when standing up. I will often go on about anything to just get the batsman thinking "shut up"! Take care not to wind up your own team too. There is a fine line between being lively and annoying.
- Bluffing. This is my favourite. Telling new batsmen its turning square then putting in another close fielder is a great ploy. On the other side of the coin, you could say it's gun barrel straight when it's swinging all over. Less is more with this tactic though. Even the slowest players catch on quick!
What about you? How far do you go? Do you know any aggressive fast bowlers in your club who get right in peoples faces?
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