Howzat! The best insults in cricket

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The Independent Online

For years, it’s been part of the armoury of any self-respecting cricketing side, and the Australians have always been world-beaters at it. Sledging - the mocking insults swapped between players out at the wicket - has long been part of the battle and whatever the two captains say ahead of the forthcoming Ashes series, so it will be again this summer.

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Most of these are probably at least partly apocryphal and many have been attributed to different players at different times, but the English and Australian teams will have to go some to top these this summer.