November 23, 2010

Ashes 2010-11

Sleeping with the baggy green

Peter English

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.”

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