Fiery Australian all-rounder James Faulkner says verbal altercations will always remain part and parcel of cricket.
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Faulkner’s comments come after former Australia captain Ricky Ponting said that sledging would always have a part in the game.
“I believe it is part of the game, but players probably do have to understand where the line is and make sure they are not overstepping the line. That’s all we can say to our players, that’s all we are worried about,” Faulkner is quoted as saying by NDTV Sports.
Faulkner echoed Ponting’s views, saying the game has always been played on the edge, but added that it was important that nobody stepped over the line.
“I think no one goes out on the ground to get into a verbal altercation with anyone. It is a part of the game and things happen from time to time and like I said no one sets foot on the ground and tries to upset someone on purpose,” Faulkner said.
“Cricket has always been played tough and it will continue to be played hard and tough and fair as well.”
The comments from both players comes after Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin was slammed for his aggressive tactics against New Zealand in the World Cup final last month.
Haddin was constantly in the ear of the Black Caps batsman, but he caused a social media storm after giving Kiwi opener Martin Guptill an overzealous send-off after he was clean bowled by Glenn Maxwell.
Check out Haddin’s sending-off of Guptill below: