August 14, 2011

India in England, 2011

England stamp their authority on No. 1

Dustin Silgardo
A stamp specially created for new No.1 Test team England
The specially made envelope and stamp feature cricket paintings  © ESPNcricinfo Ltd
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Cricket fans in England obviously give people the impression they would be the kind of people interested in stamps. After the Ashes, the Philatelic Society created a special stamp to commemorate the win in Australia, and now the Bletchley Park post office has designed a stamp and envelope combination to celebrate England’s ascent to the No. 1 ranking in Tests. The envelope and stamp both feature a cricket painting of the England team celebrating the wicket of an India batsman. The commemoration proclaims England as the new No. 1 and also makes note of the fact that they won the 2000th Test. The package is available on the post office’s website bletchleycovers.com for £8.50 plus £1.50 for packaging and posting, but only 500 will be distributed; so you have to hurry if you’re an England fan who wants to get under an Indian mate’s skin with a snarky letter.

Dustin Silgardo is a former sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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