Good article. Not much I can add to this – except, with all the discussion on sledging, that in my view it’s a part of the rough and tumble of the game. It adds spice and edge and has become a key element of the contest, more than in most sports. My only proviso is that a good sledge must have relevance to the person and/or situation, it should have style and hopefully wit. And, ideally, it’s not so poisonous that you can’t catch up after the match for a beer.
That’s the old-fashioned Aussie way, and don’t want to lose that: play for keeps on the field, affable off of it.