The funniest moments of the Ashes
With just a few weeks to go until the annual England versus Australia
Ashes tournament, both teams will be doing everything in their power
to avoid looking like plonkers over here in Blighty.
Certainly, the Australian team are not off to the best start, particularly
as they’re currently trying to shake their ‘Dad’s
Army’ reputation. After hearing the scathing comments from
former player Jason Gillespie, Captain Michael Clarke said: “Jason's
entitled to his opinion.
“There's a long list of people who've criticised this team.
We might just add 'Dizzy' to that list of people we continue to
But if history is anything to go by, could Australia’s critics
be right? It’s not just Australia who’ve made a few
boo-boos in the past. Here’s a look back at some of the best
blunders and funny moments of years gone by.
Ponting hit in the face
You’ve got to feel sorry for Ricky Ponting.
While Coral may have named Australia as favourites to win this
year’s competition, the Aussie batsman has had his fair share
of bad luck when it comes to balls hitting him in the face –
and the Ashes 2009 proved no exception. This was the second incident
of a ball round the chops, so let’s hope he was a little more
prepared this time round.
Cheer up, Ponty!
You’d be pretty miserable too if all you got was balls to
the face, so it’s no wonder fans were telling their beloved
Ricky Ponting to cheer up back in the 2010/11 Ashes. Singing to
the tune of The Monkees’ Daydream Believer, Ponty was told
by fans to cheer up, despite being on a “sh*t cricket team.”
Always look on the bright side eh, Ponty?
James Anderson takes no bull
There’s nothing like a good bit of sportsmanship and friendly
banter between the English and the Australians, and in the 2010/11
season, it was up to Aussie man Mitchell Johnson to deliver the
banter. To taunt England’s Anderson, he said: “Why are
you not chirping now mate, not getting wickets?” Rather than
respond with a witty quip, Anderson proceeded to bowl out the next
player, leaving Johnson well and truly speechless.
The Sprinkler Dance
2010 really was the year for funny moments, and nothing said it
better than when England celebrated their victory. Rather than reaching
for the champagne after beating the Aussies, the team erupted into
a dance troupe of flash mob proportions, which soon became an internet
sensation known as ‘The
Sprinkler Dance’ ever since.