Monday, September 26, 2005

Ashes 2005: Funnies

Funniest moment 1:
As the umpires discussed coming off for bad light on the fourth day of the Final Test, with England wanting to waste time and the Aussies needing all the time they could get, the fans tried to swing the decision. England fans put up umbrellas and peered as if into pitch darkness, while Aussie spectators took off their shirts, squinted into the ‘sun’ and made expansive “phew, too hot!” gestures.

Funniest moment 2:
After the first break for bad light, all the Aussie players returned to the field sporting dark sunglasses.

Funniest moment 3:

Ponting’s foul-mouthed tirade after being run out by sub Gary Pratt.

Funniest moment 4:
Freddie Flintoff’s face on the parade bus, following an all-night drinking session

Most astute crowd chant:
“There’s only one Aussie bowler”. Both a tribute to Shane Warne, and an indictment of the rest of the Australian attack.

Best commentator: Mark Nicholas (Channel 4)
Richie Benaud deserves a mention as he retires from commentary in England, but Mark Nicholas’s smoothie style and penchant for hyperbole came into its own this series. He’ll be missed now that Sky have gobbled up Test cricket.

Best expert: Rod Marsh (BBC Radio)
The archetypal Aussie bloke was an endless source of amusement.

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