By Rob Smyth
From the distinguished mock obituary following England's first-ever defeat through Australia on domestic soil in 1882, to the on-pitch insults (or 'sledges') of at the present time, Ashes cricket has spawned approximately as many memorable costs because it has balls bowled and runs scored.
GENTLEMEN AND SLEDGERS charts the ebb and stream of Anglo-Australian cricketing fortunes throughout 131 years and 314 fits via telling the tales in the back of a hundred memorable Ashes quotations. From quick bowler Jeff Thomson's vintage 'I get pleasure from hitting a batsman greater than getting him out. i admire to determine blood at the pitch' in 1975, to Michael Clark's infamous recommendation to Jimmy Anderson to 'get prepared for a f****** damaged arm' in 2013, the quotations embody quips, insults, examples of the darkish paintings of sledging—and even the occasional thought of cricketing judgement.
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Gentlemen and Sledgers: A History of the Ashes in 100 Quotations by Rob Smyth