Sledging refers to verbal exchanges on the cricket pitch designed to put off your opponent. The practice can include the use of intimidating or insulting language. Sledging is not unique to cricket, but in other sports the practice goes by other names. In all instances the intention is to disrupt the concentration of your opponent.
sledging in the news
While the practice of sledging appears to be as old as the game of cricket itself, it attracted controversy during The Ashes (England vs Australia Test matches) 2013-2014 when it appeared to cross the line into threatening behaviour. Australian captain Michael Clarke was heard telling England batsman Jimmy Anderson “get ready for a broken fucking arm”. Clarke was fined 20 per cent of his match fee and the incident sparked a discussion on sledging.