Ashes 2010-11 November 23, 2010

Sleeping with the baggy green

Justin Langer loves his baggy green so much that when he told a Test match lunch in Brisbane that he went to bed with it every night nobody was sure if he was joking

Justin Langer loves his baggy green so much that when he told a Test match lunch in Brisbane that he went to bed with it every night nobody was sure if he was joking. What followed was an on-stage monologue about the tradition of the cap that had Australia’s long-term supporters tingling and Nasser Hussain, the former England captain, trying not to gag.

When Hussain was asked to detail what England’s cap traditions were he said: “No, we’ve got a life, before turning to Langer. "You’re not still sleeping with your cap?”

But Hussain did outline a few things Australia had stolen from the old enemy. “You’ve nicked our sponsor, you’re picking 17 players in a squad and you’re losing games. It’s good to see the roles reversed.”

Peter English is former Australasia editor of ESPNcricinfo

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