Australian cricket captain Ian Chappell said he always thought "a mental weakness in an opponent was just like a weakness outside off stump, something to be exploited."
Sledging is one entertaining and highly effective way to exploit mental weakness.(I just wish they'd turn up the damn microphones so we could hear it all properly). Anyway, Michael Ellis has ten of the best sledges and comebacks from modern cricketing history. Enjoy.
One he's missed is an exchange between Zimbabwean Eddo Brandes and Glenn McGrath, with Brandes coming in to bat. Asked McGrath of Brandes, "Hey Eddo, why are you so fucking fat?", to which Brandes replied "Because every time I fuck your wife, she gives me a biscuit".
Brandes 1, McGrath, 0.
Link: 'The 10 best Cricket Sledges (and comebacks) in history' - Ellis in Wellyland