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Last Updated: Monday, 26 July, 2004, 16:07 GMT 17:07 UK
Flintoff's a pain in the glass!
Andrew Flintoff

Ashley Giles grabbed the wickets but Andrew Flintoff laughed loudest at Lord's after getting Tino Best dismissed with a piece of classic sledging.

Best, never short of a word or two when he is bowling, was done up like a kipper by the England all-rounder as West Indies slumped to defeat in the first Test.

Flintoff saw his opponent preparing to face Giles' off-spin and shouted: "Watch the windows, Tino!"

The wind-up had the desired effect, causing Best to come charging out of his crease like a man possessed.

He took a wild swing at the ball, missed and was promptly stumped by Geraint Jones. Not a broken window in sight.

Flintoff could not contain himself and spent the next five minutes giggling like a teenager, as Best sat on the balcony rueing his stupidity.

Sledging has become a big part of cricket over the years, with the Australian team in particular masters of the art.

We have selected our top three for your amusement.

BRANDES v McGRATH

Aussie paceman Glenn McGrath was bowling to Zimbabwe number 11 Eddo Brandes - who was unable to get his bat anywhere near the ball.

McGrath, frustrated that Brandes was still at the crease, wandered up during one particular over and inquired: "Why are you so fat?"

Quick as a flash, Brandes replied: "Because every time I make love to your wife, she gives me a biscuit."

Even the Aussie slip fielders were in hysterics.

HUGHES v MIANDAD

Merv Hughes
Would you call him a bus conductor?

The inimitable Merv Hughes has forgotten more about sledging than most people will ever know, so he was more than a little miffed to be on the receiving end in the 1991 Adelaide Test against Pakistan.

Hughes and Javed Miandad almost came to blows after the Pakistani batsman dared to call big Merv a "fat bus conductor".

But revenge was sweet for Hughes. A few balls later he finally got his man and as Miandad walked past, he could not resist shouting "Tickets, please!"

RICHARDS v THOMAS

This incident took place during a county championship match between Glamorgan and Somerset.

Glamorgan quickie Greg Thomas had beaten Viv Richards' bat a couple of times and informed the legendary West Indian ace: "It's red, round and weighs about five ounces, in case you were wondering."

The very next ball was given the King Viv treament and smashed out of the ground, into a river - at which point Richards piped up: "Greg, you know what it looks like. Now go and find it."



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