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Sam Curran was always going to be the character columnists were drawn towards after his pugnacious cameo yesterday. Barney Ronay places Curran’s pint-sized potency in the context of Steve Smith serenely dominating the series against an opponent lacking in spite.
England will look back at this series and imagine how it might have played without Smith. It might be useful also to imagine what some more of this, a little more needle, a little more concerted aggression might have done to that obsessive, emasculating brilliance.
“Hi Jonathan,” hi Rob from Ashford. “It was only recently that I realised that Nathan Lyon’s nickname Garry had derived from a Aussie rules star. I had always assumed it was because of the resemblance of Lyon to the Only Fools and Horses character that the Trotters brought back from France one episode.
Here’s to another excellent day!” To an English audience I can imagine it’s an odd one to figure out without an explanation. The whole “Garry” phenomenon exploded when Matthew Wade was behind the stumps and relentlessly bellowing “Niiiiiiice Garrryyyyy!” at every opportunity. Memes abounded (ovs).
Written by Jonathan Howcroft (now), Adam Collins (at the Oval) and Rob Smyth (later)
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2019/sep/14/ashes-2019-england-v-australia-fifth-test-day-three-live under the title “Ashes 2019: England v Australia, fifth Test day three – live!”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.