USA November 29, 2010

'I am not a freaking cricket match'

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.

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.”

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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