Aussie press can motivate England

November 2, 2010 at 10:24 am 1 comment

England’s arrival in Australia last weekend has also triggered a rush of sarcastic articles in the Aussie press, full of sly digs at the visitors.

The main source of their irritation seems to be the number of foreign-born players in the England side. The Australian newspaper said England were using “Britannia’s old faded rule” to pick up players born in other countries.
Is this an issue? I don’t think so, and considering Australia is a country built by European migrants they shouldn’t really have a problem either.

But part of the build up to the Ashes is the banter in the famously biased Aussie press. The Australian also claimed England’s victories down under in the mid 1980s weren’t “legitimate” because the rebel tours of South Africa took away many of their players. They claim therefore that the last proper English win down under was in 1970-71, before any of the current squad was born.

Add to that the stunt involving an image of Ricky Ponitng and Michael Clarke being projected on to Big Ben reminding England not to forget to pack the Urn and it is clear our cousins down under are determined to get one up in the war of words before the cricket begins on November 25th. However, anyone thinking about placing a bet on England to win the Ashes shouldn’t worry about it too much.

Indeed, the English players, far from getting wound up by the coverage should take it as a compliment and use it as motivation.

Why are the Aussies making such a fuss? Because they know it will be a tough ride against a team who haven’t lost a series since the sides last May and are now above them in the world rankings. The Ashes best odds may make them favourites, but the home side won’t have things all their own way.

They would rather fill the pages deploring the number of foreign players in the England line up to score cheap points rather than worry about their own team who, incidentally, are on their worst run of results for 22 years.
If they need to talk over their problems, England just need to prepare quietly and do their talking on the place that matters, the pitch, starting in Brisbane later this month.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Dibofoes  |  November 8, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Can this Indian team win the world cup which is only a couple of months ahead..Attend a serious debate on DiBoFoES


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