September 27, 2005

Ashes

Where were you when ... ?

The Surfer

Now that the excitement is just about dying down, The Guardian asked a swathe of professionals - including Shaun Udal and Mark Ramprakash to rake over the Ashes by recording their personal highs and lows, and picking out who, for them, had been the key players. Finally, they were asked to note where they were the moment the Ashes were won.

Peter Moores, the head of the national academy, remembers that at the end of the Oval Test, he was left to celebrate alone: "I was sadly on my own at home at the time England won the Ashes. The family had gone out. But I had a beer for company."

Nottinghamshire's coach Mick Newell also celebrated with a bit of pop. "I had just finished a committee meeting at Trent Bridge, and we cracked open the champagne [.] We all had a bit of a slip, but nothing like Freddie Flintoff."

One of the reporters for this piece, Lawrence Booth, has also been busily writing his humorous cricket email for The Guardian, called The Spin.

It is published weekly and you can read his latest piece here. This week, Booth considers the five stages of an Englishman and sums up the latest comings and goings in cricket.

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