Don’t worry: “What we have lost in numbers we are making up for in bravado.” “
Membership of the Richies is basically open to anyone, depending on one crucial factor.
“Love of cricket,” said L’Estrange.
“It’s the love of cricket and the love of going out, cheering on and being a part of Australians.”
It is suspected that the other key criterion is not being one of the England fans, most of whom were located around 200 yards from the Richies.
Sophie McKenna arrived at the MCG in a sparkling Union Jack dress, flanked by Michael Flaherty and Tom Stephenson in their country’s unofficial uniform – the kit of the English football team.
Like many in Barmy’s Army this year, all three have met and live locally, but hail from a golden roll of northern towns: Ms McKenna from Newcastle, Mr Flaherty from Middlesbrough and Mr Stephenson from Hull.
Speaking before play started, Mr Stephenson was hopeful England could create some momentum if they took the quick wicket from night watchman Nathan Lyon.
They did so, closely followed by the scalp of world No. 1 batsman Marnus Labuschagne for a run.
To make it even more special, Labuschagne was sacked by Mark Wood – the only Geordie on the team, and therefore Ms. McKenna’s favorite player.
By the time Age Visited the Barmy Army Trio over lunch break, they were buzzing about what they considered to be England’s best Ashes session as they took to the wickets of Labuschagne and Smith.
“I think with the English fans they always bring the passion and the atmosphere,” Ms. McKenna said to the sound of army trumpeter Barmy.
“So even in a small group, we introduce ourselves again in a good voice today. “
In the opinion of the police, some of the 42,000 fans present showed too much passion: several English and Australian fans were escorted from the ground throughout the day to get up and finish their drinks.
One of the loudest boos of the day came when debutant Scott Boland, a Victorian, appeared to have scored his first tries before they were straddled. An equally passionate cheer erupted as Boland took off thanks to a lucky advantage through the slides.
With the start of the game delayed by 30 minutes until 11 a.m. as both teams faced a COVID-19 outbreak in the English camp, the lines outside the stadium have been temporarily lengthened. because Ticketek’s mobile tickets could not be downloaded.
The issue was quickly resolved with the ability for fans to show their purchase confirmation email to enter the stadium.
Among these were the Narayan family.
While some call the MCG the Mecca of cricket, they have made a longer pilgrimage than most.
The quartet flew to Melbourne from Singapore two days before Christmas. Today marks their first day on the Boxing Day Test – something 17-year-old Prithvi has said has been a dream for years.
“The MCG is the best stadium in the world. We’ve watched it every year on TV, it almost doesn’t feel real to be here, ”he said outside the stadium, donning a freshly bought Aussie kit.
Prithvi plays for the Singapore national team in a junior age group, while his father Kieran was born in India and raised in tragic cricket.
“Since I was a kid, I got up at five in the morning to watch the game,” Kieran said.
“We love the gardens and the whole ambiance, don’t we?” We feel that a dream has come true.
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