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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

The hilarious Hughes zinger you've never heard


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MERV Hughes’ reputation as one of Australian cricket’s greatest sledgers has received another boost with Shane Warne revealing a classic moment of Hughes’ banter.

The big Victorian bowler’s tongue was faster than his yorker and he’s credited with some of the game’s best loved sledges.

He was credited with two of the greatest Ashes sledges, asking Graham Gooch “would you like me to bowl a piano and see if you can play that?” and telling Graeme Hick that if he turned over his bat, he’d find instructions on the back.

Then there’s this exchange with Viv Richards in the West Indies.

Richards: “Don’t you be staring at me, man. This is my island, my culture. And in my culture we just bowl.” Hughes: “In my culture we just say, ‘F*** off.’”
And this with Javed Miandad.

Miandad: “You’re a big , fat bus conductor.” Hughes (after dismissing Miandad): “Tickets please!”

Now it seems that Hughes sledged just as beautifully in general conversation as he did in the middle of a Test match battle. 

Warne, in an interview with Michael Vaughan on the BBC, revealed how Hughes brutally sledged English cricket when Warne was picked for his first Ashes tour in 1993.

"He said, 'it's the best, there's no air travel so you sit around on a bus, get the guitar out, drink and have fun. There are still rest days in Test cricket. We're sponsored by a beer company and England aren't very good'." 

Hughes had played on Allan Border’s triumphant 1989 Ashes tour to England.

Warne was an instant hit on English soil, famously taking a wicket with his first ball – the so called Ball of the Century – to dismiss Mike Gatting

"It was the perfect leg break," Warne told Vaughan. "To do it first ball in an Ashes series, I look back and say, 'yes' it was a fluke but I think it was meant to be. 

“It changed my life. I was 23 and I didn't know how to cope with the attention off the field. I'd walk out of the hotel with the whole team and there'd be 20 photographers taking pictures of me.

"I remember going to Bristol and every kid had zinc cream on trying to bowl leg breaks. I was blown away.

"We'd go for a beer after play and there'd be 15 photographers taking my picture of me stuffing my face with chips."At that time I didn't understand why they were doing it. I'm proud of how I handled it. Yes I made a few mistakes but there's no school you go to which says if this happens this is what you do."

 

MERV Hughes’ reputation as one of Australian cricket’s greatest sledgers has received another boost with Shane Warne revealing a classic moment of Hughes’ banter.

The big Victorian bowler’s tongue was faster than his yorker and he’s credited with some of the game’s best loved sledges.

He was credited with two of the greatest Ashes sledges, asking Graham Gooch “would you like me to bowl a piano and see if you can play that?” and telling Graeme Hick that if he turned over his bat, he’d find instructions on the back.

Then there’s this exchange with Viv Richards in the West Indies.

Richards: “Don’t you be staring at me, man. This is my island, my culture. And in my culture we just bowl.” Hughes: “In my culture we just say, ‘F*** off.’”
And this with Javed Miandad.

Miandad: “You’re a big , fat bus conductor.” Hughes (after dismissing Miandad): “Tickets please!”

Now it seems that Hughes sledged just as beautifully in general conversation as he did in the middle of a Test match battle. 

Warne, in an interview with Michael Vaughan on the BBC, revealed how Hughes brutally sledged English cricket when Warne was picked for his first Ashes tour in 1993.

"He said, 'it's the best, there's no air travel so you sit around on a bus, get the guitar out, drink and have fun. There are still rest days in Test cricket. We're sponsored by a beer company and England aren't very good'." 

Hughes had played on Allan Border’s triumphant 1989 Ashes tour to England.

Warne was an instant hit on English soil, famously taking a wicket with his first ball – the so called Ball of the Century – to dismiss Mike Gatting

"It was the perfect leg break," Warne told Vaughan. "To do it first ball in an Ashes series, I look back and say, 'yes' it was a fluke but I think it was meant to be. 

“It changed my life. I was 23 and I didn't know how to cope with the attention off the field. I'd walk out of the hotel with the whole team and there'd be 20 photographers taking pictures of me.

"I remember going to Bristol and every kid had zinc cream on trying to bowl leg breaks. I was blown away.

"We'd go for a beer after play and there'd be 15 photographers taking my picture of me stuffing my face with chips."At that time I didn't understand why they were doing it. I'm proud of how I handled it. Yes I made a few mistakes but there's no school you go to which says if this happens this is what you do."

 
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