SIDDLE SMASHES ENGLAND FOR SIX – the headline in The Australian, a paper so big that it could double as a duvet. Given the recent move to smaller formats of traditional English broadsheets The Times, The Guardian and The Independent it is strange to see a newspaper that is proud to be massive.
Oli Broom of Cycling to the Ashes has done the rounds in the media in recent days. Yesterday tea-time he was on TMS, today it was Sky Sports for a pitch-side interview with Mike Atherton.
It’s surprising to see how close the England and Australian teams sit to each other, perhaps appropriately in what looks like a World War II bomb shelter. Luckily it’s only the first Test of the series, you’d have feared for Duncan Fletcher’s life if that Old Trafford incident with Ricky Ponting had happened here.
In the same way 90,000 Victorians flood The MCG on Boxing day and then drop off on the following days, staying up for the first night of the Aussie Ashes has become a ritual for most English men. It’s noticeable (and understandable) how many fewer were still up late on night two.