Perhaps the one thing that marks the Ashes out in the cricket world is the intensity of the rivalry. Cricket is the gentleman’s game, par excellence—merely question an umpire’s decision and you'll get your wrists slapped. However, in the midst of a bowler-batter showdown, you can pretty much say what you like in the heat of the battle. This type of verbal sparring is known as "sledging" in cricket. Sledging is not known for the harshness of language (no beeps required in something like this), but more for the wit of the insults. For example:

"The wife's fine, but the kids are retarded."
- England legend Ian Botham replies after Aussie Rod Marsh asks him: "So, how's your wife and my kids?"

"Mate, if you turn the bat over, you'll see instructions on the back."
- Australian Merv Hughes offers a tip to England’s Graeme Hick.

"But at least I'm the best player in my family."
- England’s Jimmy Ormond response to Australia’s Mark Waugh (whose twin Steve also played) after being told: "You're not good enough to play for England."