Players on the cricket pitch often sledge each other to distract but that could cross the limits sometimes. Former Australian wicketkeeper-batter Brad Haddin recently revealed an ugly confrontation with ex-West Indies spinner Sulieman Benn at the WACA during the 2009-10 summer. Haddin stated that Benn wasn’t used to taking any sledging in return and what Benn said was really out of bounds.
Brad Haddin recalls the incident
Speaking on Triple M while commentating during the Australia-West Indies Test on Sunday, December 4, the former right-handed batter revealed that Benn threatened to stab them after he collided with non-striker Mitchell Johnson while fielding.
“He used to want to sledge us but he didn’t really want us to hear which wasn’t a great character trait. But then he said something really weird, we were about to head to the T20 World Cup and he said ‘You two won’t get out alive in Barbados, I will stab you’ and I said ‘beg your pardon’ and that then is when it got misty and I don’t really know what happened after that.”
The 45-year-old recalled warning the left-arm spinner of such actions, saying:
“You’re sticking up for your mate, we’ve always been close Jonno and I so I’ve just gone in and pointed the bat and said ‘this is on now, you can’t say things like that.”
It has been noted that Brad Haddin and Johnson were slapped with a fine of 25 percent of their match fees by match referee Chris Broad after pleading guilty to a Level 1 Code of Conduct breach. Benn, meanwhile, was suspended for a couple of ODI matches.
Speaking about that match, The Aussies managed to secure a 35-run victory over the West Indies in Perth to win the three-match series by a 2-0 margin.