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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Not so Barmy for the Army

This story should make you smile -- much fuss in England over the fact that Cricket Australia announced it will limit the number of tickets on offer for England fans wanting to watch next winter's Ashes Down Under. No rethink, says CA -- Aussie players want to play before Aussie crowds.
Glenn McGrath -- whoever else? -- says that is just how it should be.
"If you play in front of your home crowd, and they are 90 per cent English, it's not really a home crowd, is it?" fast bowler McGrath said.
"I am sure there will be plenty of English supporters over. At the end of the day, it is our home ground, we are playing in our home country, we want to get as many Australians in as possible."

And to think just the other day, English papers were fussing over the venues for the upcoming India-England series on the grounds that adequate five star facilities were not available for the beer-swigging foot soldiers of the Barmy Army -- not to rub it in, but hey, at least you can actually buy all the tickets you want, no?
Update: Now Michael Vaughan says the Barmy Army will find ways around the problem of limited tickets, and turn up in their numbers to support England.

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