I’m very grateful to Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland. He is a bright guy and I suspect he’s on my side. Just the other day he said, defending the Australian aggression on field: “The team are not perfect but get it right a lot more than they used to. It’s Test cricket, not tiddly winks.”
Tiddly winks of course ! He’s hinting that those lesser players who can’t stand some on field aggression (not to be confused with calling each other a monkey, though) should play tiddly winks. Therefore I’m guessing he’s hinting at the Indian team minus Bhajji ofcourse, plus Andrew Symonds ( who, to his credit has said, without mincing words, “I am no monkey man”. Good on you, mate !). By the way, I digress here but Bhajji apparently had promised Symonds he would not use the word monkey. Ever again. So I’m guessing in a few years when this bhajji boy is married with kids, on a trip to the zoo, he will point out the simian and say to lil bhajjis: “Look, so many andrews ! Can you say an-dr-ews?”
So back to tiddlywinks. It’s a very passive game. A true gentlemen’s game. It’s not some word Sutherland came up with. It’s also a game that the brits invented. Like cricket. So you won’t lose the colonial touch. And they’re very professional – anthem and all.
Other nations are before us
With their Sputniks and Explorers
What can confidence restore us?
Naught but tiddlywinks.
On the fields of Eton,
Former foes were beaten.
But today all patriots play
This sport which needs such grit and concentration.
Through this game of skill and power
England knows her finest hour,
And her stronghold, shield and tower
Must be tiddlywinks.
Instead of sledging, you guys could sing this song. No abusing. No monkeying around. Just a nice simple board game with a definite winner in the end and everyone’s happy.
Mr Sutherland has shown you the way. Take it. Well, if you’re not going to take it cos frankly I don’t think tiddlywinkers do endorsements – then here’s an anthem song you could sing at the Waca: (to the tune of Another Brick in the Wall. Maybe Dravid should sing it)
It’s a nice simple song. You guys can learn it real fast instead of pumping it up at Bondi beach.
Or else, play tiddlywinks. A much more respectable game. So, howzzzat ??