Forget the world cup, Aussie skipper out on first ball.
The picture caption on front page of London Evening Standard on Friday evening caught my eye and brought a smile.
Being a cricket fan I have been missing the only chance to get some cricket on air owing to timing s and pay channels, but the reportage ensures you make up for the action on greens.
Ever since the English team took off for Oz shores it’s been an experience to go through some of the most entertaining reportage if I may call so.
When it comes to reporting the oldest rivalry in the Gentlemen’s games, emotions take the better of reporters. Brits and Oz alike, the usage of adjectives is as fluid as punters pull and scribes don’t leave a chance to deliver a lethal blow giving James Anderson a run for his money.
The above mentioned headline is just one example which shows what Ashes means to Englishmen and Aussies. Exactly 24 hours after the splashed World Cup Dream Dies, came this cracker. Punter is a prized scalp, but this one makes it all the more special.
Flip through the pages and comes another gem, AH, YES, SO ‘THIS IS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE AN AUSSIE. Columnist Dan Jones describing the three for two score makes the comments and the newspaper plays it up as a headline plastered over a dejected looking Ponting.
It’s not only a tabloid phenomenon, quality press to loves to be a part of this bashing. The day Aussie pacer Petere Siddle took a hat trick in the first test, Telegraph carried headline ‘Woodchopper Siddle becomes a national hero’ and ran an entire profile of the pacer taking digs at him being a professional woodchopper.
I wonder if that mention to that extent was required, but well as the Brits say ‘British Humor’.
With home team having a good run, more gems are expected to make for the loss of watching the game.