Anything guys like Prior and Swann say about sledging should be taken with so much salt that your blood pressure will spike, your arteries will harden like concrete and you’ll die in seconds.
From what some English players have said, the sledging they themselves get from the likes of Anderson and Broad is worse than what Johnson, Warner etc would hand out. Heaven help you if you misfield or drop a catch off them. Nothing if they do the same.
One of the Australian commentators on the ABC, probably Rogers or Nannes, was talking about a Notts game where a Notts player of Indian ancestry misfielded, and the level of sustained personal abuse he got from his own bowlers (I think Broad and Ryan Sidebottom) was mind-boggling.
That was one of the things I had against MacGill. Back in the days when Optus broadcast Shield games, MacGill bowled a half-tracker and it was smashed through point. Nash, I think (Don Nash?) dived full length and got one hand to it and dropped it. Copped an absolute mouthful from MacGill for his trouble. Just not done! If you drop a plum pudding through slackness or squibbing it, fair enough, but not if you’ve bowled utter tripe.