Jimmy Neesham reveals hilarious response to Aussie rival's sledge attempt

Publish Date
Thursday, 30 April 2020, 9:07AM


Black Caps all-rounder Jimmy Neesham has revealed his hilarious response to Australian pace bowler Mitchell Starc's attempt to rattle him with a good old fashioned sledge.

Appearing on the Marc Peard Sports Daily Debrief Facebook show last night, Neesham was asked by hosts Marc Peard, Nathan Rarere and Blake Ayshford the favourite sledge he has received recently.

Neesham, who has played 12 tests, 63 ODIs and 18 Twenty20 internationals for the Black Caps, said the funniest sledges are when "someone gets one wrong or they were off the cuff".

He then shared an anecdote from the 2015 tour of Australia when the Black Caps were facing defeat on the final day of the first test in Brisbane.

Neesham arrived out into the middle at the Gabba with New Zealand four wickets down needing an unlikely 339 runs to win - when Starc delivered what he must have thought was a clever line.

"I came out to bat and Mitchell Starc, who was bowling thunderbolts, came up to me and said 'bit early for a night watchman isn't it?'," Neesham revealed, where it seems Starc was attempting to insinuate the New Zealand left-hander was batting too high at number six.

However, Neesham had a witty and logical response.

"I turned to him and said 'mate it's day five. There's no night. This is it'," Neesham said which left the Aussie quite stumped.

Neesham admitted he didn't last long in the innings, dismissed by Mitchell Johnson the next over as the Black Caps went onto lose by 208 runs.

Watch the video below.

This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission