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Sport Comment: Ashes 2017-18: Raised fingers make for ugly Australians

19:58  09 january  2018
19:58  09 january  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

English welcome Aussie County invasion

  English welcome Aussie County invasion English opener Mark Stoneman has encouraged Australian players to travel to England for stints in County cricket ahead of the 2019 Ashes. Six members of the Australian squad look set to venture to England for their first-class season later this year in an attempt to acclimatise to conditions and get used to the Duke ball.Mitchell Marsh (Surrey), Shaun Marsh (Glamorgan) and Cameron Bancroft (Somerset) have all joined County sides while Peter Handscomb, Nathan Lyon and Matt Renshaw are all expected to follow."It helps quite a bit.

Ashes . Stick it where it fits, England. Monday's garish effort was the raising of many fingers , to England, to ideals of grace, humility, taste and sportsmanship, to the respect for opposition and the game they preach about elsewhere.

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The first time the Ashes changed hands in 1883, they were presented by Lady Janet Clarke and her music teacher, Florence Morphy, to English captain Ivo Bligh. The backdrop was Rupertswood, the Clarke family's elegant mansion outside Sunbury. The next year, Bligh returned to Australia to marry Morphy.

For Bligh, that made it a clean sweep.

The Ashes celebration on Monday. © AP The Ashes celebration on Monday. In the most recent rite on Sunday, the prize was presented by one Australian captain, Mark Taylor, to another, Steve Smith. Among the accompanying party was the vice-something-or-other of Magellan, the series sponsor. I am presuming that the moment inspired you all to rush out to buy half-a-dozen Magellans in a range of colours.

The backdrop to this presentation was a giant pair of inflatable hands, one painted in Australian colours holding up four fingers, the other, in English livery, clenched to signal zero. These props looked as if they had been discarded from a children's birthday party or a Mardi Gras float. The effect was about as charming as a pneumatic cow pat.

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Source:en.wikipedia.org Ashes 2017 - 18 : Raised Fingers Make For Ugly Australians Apr 19th, 2018 If You Were To Read The Summer's Official Hashtag As "beaten Gland", You Might Be Close To The Process That Created This Monstrosity.

For Bligh, that made it a clean sweep. Australia claims 4-0 Ashes series victory. The backdrop to this presentation was a giant pair of inflatable hands, one painted in Australian colours holding up four fingers , the other, in English livery, clenched to signal zero.

But, heh, we've got the Ashes, so s--u England.

Steve Smith of Australia lifts the Ashes Trophy during day five of the Fifth Test match in the 2017/18 Ashes Series. © Ryan Pierse/Getty Images Steve Smith of Australia lifts the Ashes Trophy during day five of the Fifth Test match in the 2017/18 Ashes Series. Bligh's team were welcomed to Australia with a house party, also at Rupertswood, and a social game, at which it is probable that the urn first appeared. Joe Root's team were greeted with veiled threats, and from Cricket Australia this subtle and achingly evocative slogan: #beatengland.

In televised ads, beanie-clad pre-schoolers were co-opted to the snarling cause. They were about as cute as junior Chopper Reads.

But we've got the Ashes, so England can sit on it. And while, they're at it, shove fast food buckets over their heads. Wait, no, that's us.

In sports marketing's race to the bottom, CA is winning ugly. At every turn, in every competition, in every format, it seeks to dumb down the game and patronise the fans. The banality would make sense only if it emerged that somewhere in a back office, gurus are running a competition not only to take the public for fools, but to make fools of them, to see how infantile they dare be before James Sutherland finally says: enough.

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An Australian critic has questioned Cricket Australia 's ' ugly ' marketing ploys in the Ashes series. Ashes . Stick it where it fits, England. Monday's garish effort was the raising of many fingers , to Commented . The Edge admits its mistake after retracting prize upon learning recipient older than 34.

Raised fingers make for ugly Australians in Ashes cricket series romp. – Related articles from other sources.

The prize is a complete set of life-sized, fully refundable Magellans.

But, look: Scoreboard. Ashes. Stick it where it fits, England.

James Anderson walks past a cutout of a hand indicating England's 4-0 series loss to Australia. © Getty Images James Anderson walks past a cutout of a hand indicating England's 4-0 series loss to Australia. Monday's garish effort was the raising of many fingers, to England, to ideals of grace, humility, taste and sportsmanship, to the respect for opposition and the game they preach about elsewhere. Not content to let Ashes victory speak for itself, CA had to bellow over the top of it.

So what? Didn't England celebrate in 2010 by performing the so-called sprinkler dance on the MCG, and after that in 2013 by urinating on the pitch at The Oval?

Yes, they did. But there is no accounting for the spontaneous and sometimes misguided actions of sportspeople in their hours of euphoric triumph.

There is, or should be, accounting for responsible governing bodies. The English heroes of '13 would not have thought twice before p---ing from a great height. CA thought for months, set their finest minds to work, set aside a budget, approved a design, commissioned a designer and builder, also made a contingency plan for 3-0, and in what should have been a memorable moment managed only to P--- From A Great Height (trademark).

If you were to read the summer's official hashtag as "beaten gland", you might be close to the process that created this monstrosity.

Still, Ashes, heh! #beatengland, heh! Four-nil, England. Shove that up your Ivo.

Count them, one, two, three, four, nil.

Idiots.

Comment: Would Australia have regained the Ashes without Steve Smith? .
When a series scoreline reads as one-sided as Australia’s 4-0 Ashes triumph does, and when the player of the series discussion must’ve been one of the shortest in the history of the sporting universe, the hypotheticals don’t take much to surface.&nbsp;Australian captain Steven Smith had a pretty fair time of it. “Got a few out of the middle”, he’d say in that nonchalant, non-committal manner that he’s becoming known for.

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