Lol and it had nothing to do with England being complete shyte back then? Did the West Indies sledge back in the day? No they just put an extra 20mph on their deliveries or smacked you for 12 an over. Sledging is an Aussie disease, no one else’s
it's a bit of a different world too. all these guys play in the ipl, big bash etc together. i don't care for the ipl but it has certainly helped 'repair' relations between india and australia i'd say.
someone like kohli loves being the agitator. it's his brand, and as we know the indians love their brand name cricketer. if anything paine is smart by giving it back to him (within reason), it gets people involved even more.
Undoubtedly, but your "sledging is Australia's disease and no one else's post" made me think that others don't sledge. Everyone does but, with everything, there's a line and we not only crossed it but thew up and shat on it. If we can keep the sledging to what Paine said, then there shouldn't be any issues.
The indians weren't upset about it they were just sledging back and forth and were the instigators of it. The umpire got involved because neither party backed down but at no point did it really look like being anything serious. The spotlight is always on when we play India regardless of anything else, it's historically been the best team in the world vs the most followed team in the world. Kohli vs Paine wouldn't be in the top 100 confrontations in the past 25 years in world cricket but the media will make you want to believe that it's more than it is because this series and test cricket in general needs as much attention as it can get
Really? Because statistically they're near identical. The difference is Swann was very consistent then faded very quickly, and Lyon has built his game further to be now what many would consider the best spinner in the world.