November 29, 2010

USA

'I am not a freaking cricket match'

Martin Williamson

A 22-year-old woman in the US has made headlines after complaining about cricket messages sent to her Twitter account, which is named @theashes.

Massachusetts-based Ashley Kerekes says she knows nothing about cricket, complaining she was "not a freaking cricket match". The number of her followers has risen from 300 to 6,100 and an airline has offered her a free flight to Australia.

She tweeted: "This is not the account of the cricket match. Check profiles before you send mentions, it's incredibly annoying and rude".

However, while initially moaning about the number of posts, she told the Brisbane Times that becoming a Twitter celebrity was "amazing". She is also selling T-shirts with the slogan "I am not a freaking cricket match".

"I hope no one is offended by me making t-shirts,” Kerekes said. “I probably (sic) make two cents a shirt. I'm not trying to get rich just have fun.

"My boyfriend gave me the nickname Ashes years ago, maybe because of the cricket tournament,” she added. “We don't remember. He's been calling me The Ashes forever. I intend on reading up on rules and such as soon as I recover from the shock. Right now, I'm just having a blast reading everyone's tweets to me.”

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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