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Aussies play down sledging problem after Hughes inquest

 Agencies |  2016-11-05 23:41:11.0  |  Perth

Former Australia captain Mark Taylor and other senior figures on Friday insisted verbal abuse is not a big problem after a coroner examining Phillip Hughes’ death called it cricket’s “ugly underside”. Taylor said he didn’t think sledging was a major problem in cricket, but he urged umpires to crack down if they thought players were going too far. “I don’t think we have,” he said when asked if cricket had a sledging problem. “The game needs a competitive edge, but it doesn’t need rubbish talk either. If something positive does come out of this, it will be a reduction in the idle chat. Sledging is something that has always been talked about regularly, but the umpires should step in if they think it is over the top.”

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