5 statements that have backfired spectacularly
While cricket is a sport typically played by gentlemen, an occasional dose of trash-talking ahead of a big series never goes amissand adds just that little bit extra fuel to the fire. We know England and Australia hate each other, but it always nice to be reminded before we sit back and watch the latest chapter of their rivalry unfold.Its an age-old tactic used to psyche out the opposition, but one that is perhaps best reserved for teams who are dominant, for the consequences of defeat leave those who have predicted the other sides doom with more than egg on their face.Here are five examples of statements that have backfired spectacularly they left teams embarrassed, humiliated and, in one case, even grovelling.
#1 Glenn McGrath predicting a 5-0 Ashes whitewash
Choosing an infamous Glenn McGrath Ashes whitewash prediction was a tricky task - Pidge has provided us with so many over recent years. But, for the sake of argument, his incorrect guess that Australia would dish out a 5-0 whitewash in England in 2009 is the one that will be flagged up.
England had regained the Ashes for the first time in almost two decades in 2005 - the last time they had played Australia at home - but an awful defence of the urn Down Under just 18 months later meant they were on the back foot once again. And, according to McGrath, a similarly painful experience was awaiting the Poms.
However, England had other ideas. After James Anderson and Monty Panesar dug in at Cardiff to earn a draw from what looked a lost situation, the team grew in confidence. They won the second Test to take the lead, but a draw followed by an Australia victory at Trent Bridge left honours even ahead of the final match at The Oval. Already woefully wrong on the scoreline, McGrath couldn’t even predict the victor. England won the fifth Test by 197 runs, and with it, the Ashes too.