Over here in Australia cricket is in a parlous state. Two Tests played and two lost. As someone who holds dual nationality it would be natural to think I would have divided opinions. Not so. My loyalties lie with the English in Test cricket. However, I am disappointed with the introduction of so many methods to dispute an umpires instant decision. Back in 1934 it was much simpler, and I offer this advertisement, from Paper and Print, as acknowledgement. (Incidentally, Australia won the Nottingham Test – 8 to 12 June – by 238 runs, with Bradman contributing just 54 to the Aussies totals. Australia went on to win the series.)
Please forgive this moment of indulgence. I live in Australia but am English by birth and, though I am now fortunate enough to have dual nationality, when it comes to cricket and especially the Ashes, I cannot but cheer for England.
Today, at five minutes to twelve noon, here on the east coast of Australia, England retained the Ashes series by an innings and millions of runs. Now I understand that for readers who, a) do not follow cricket. b) do not understand the dread rivalry between these two countries in this sport, this post will come as something of a dud.
However, I took this screen grab of the moment the Ashes victory was flashed on to the scoreboard at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It is not the greatest of pictures (I took it with my camera pointed at my TV) but for me it is priceless. And the reason it is here? Well. What typeface is that?