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Pantomime villains

November 30 2017 at 11:48 PM
Martin  (Login Cusworth)
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Was in brisbane for the first test. Off to Adelaide today. Intrigued by the level of abuse Stuart Broad got. Mebe he had it coming after the incident in the home Ashes where he was caught at slip and given not out, but the volume of booing and chants of 'Broady is a w....r', was slightly unexpected. Didn't seem to bother him tho. The Aussies like a pantomime villain!!

Maybe we all do. I can think of lots of footballers and cricketers who gave played this role. Sometimes because of their looks or behaviour or sometimes just because they are bloody good. Sometimes because they take the bait easily.

Andre Nel springs to mind. At Donny Rovers they used to give dogs abuse to George Foster, the Mansfield manager, who gave plenty back until he was sent to the stand amongst a chorus of jeers and laughter.

Anyway others spring to mind?

 
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Brian
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Re: Pantomime villains

December 1 2017, 10:16 AM 

Merv Hughes. Looked exactly like the Victorian landlord fleecing the widows and orphans. Plus, in his first series at home England just thrashed him to the boundary. He did a bit better in later appearances though.

 
 

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Re: Pantomime villains

December 1 2017, 11:00 AM 

Think Ricky Pointing was a bit of a pantomime villain when he was Australia's captain in the Ashes. Was partly due to the fact he was a class payer and captain but something about him as well. Think his image was cemented by the Gary Pratt run out and the volley of abuse he gave the England balcony.


 
 
Idle man
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Re: Pantomime villains

December 1 2017, 12:29 PM 

Good story about Merv Hughes, like Boon a typical 'aussie's aussie' - apologies if you've heard it before. I can't vouch for its authenticity.

Apparently Merv and mates were in a bar and found they were running a 'Merv Hughes lookalike competition' that evening. Inevitably his mates persuaded Merv to enter.

He came third.

 
 

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Re: Pantomime villains

December 1 2017, 9:41 PM 

Ponting made a complete fool of himself over Gary Pratt. He actually made a good point about players wandering off the pitch for no reason. Ricky then completely ruined it by moaning about a 12th man who was susbstituting for someone who was in hospital!!

 
 
 
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