November 28, 2010

Ashes 2010-11

A Barmy invasion

Peter English

If you close your eyes during play, Brisbane has a distinctly English sound. The flagging pound and strong Australian dollar hasn't stopped thousands from coming on holiday and today it felt like more than half of the crowd of 21,677 were tourists.

"Unfortunately we were not able to quieten the Barmy Army for too long today, we had to put up with it," Shane Watson said. "They didn't seem to carry on too much yesterday when Mike Hussey and Brad Haddin were batting so well, but we gave them the chance to carry on today."

Has the English support had any influence on the Australians? "I don't really think it has," Watson said. "It's a bit annoying to be honest."

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