Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Wicketpedia; PEOPLE; the Lord's Test Brings Ashes Mania to Town Today. Cricket Is the Ticket Now, Says Joshi Herrmann, So You Need to Know Your DRS from Your LBW

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Wicketpedia; PEOPLE; the Lord's Test Brings Ashes Mania to Town Today. Cricket Is the Ticket Now, Says Joshi Herrmann, So You Need to Know Your DRS from Your LBW

Article excerpt

Byline: Joshi Herrmann

IT WAS supposed to be Murray's summer but the Scot may soon be upstaged. A dazzling first Test last week began the 2013 Ashes with a fight few expected in a year when England were supposed to come out comfortably on top.

As happened in 2005, the country is waking up to cricket in a football-like, converting-the-masses kind of way -- encouraged by the baking-hot weather and extraordinary stories of recordbreaking teenagers and bad umpiring decisions. More people watched Channel 5's highlights programme on Sunday night than tuned in for the Big Brother update, while this week's Lord's Test is sold out for all five days, as is next month's Oval showdown.

England face the curse of starting as strong favourites and the possibility of winning an unprecedented two Ashes series in the space of six months (the teams will reconvene Down Under in December without the customary 18-month wait -- the first time this has happened since the Seventies). Howzat? Here's what you need to know to keep up as today's first day of the Lord's Test brings Ashes mania to town.

BIG EARNERS England's cricketers are starting to catch up with the earning power of their counterparts in football (only starting, though). The 12 players with full-time contracts from the England and Wales Cricket Board -- worth up to [pounds sterling]700,000 at the moment -- are expected to receive big pay rises this year and major bonuses if they win this series (their victory in the 2010-11 Ashes in Australia reportedly earned each player about [pounds sterling]1 million). Batsman Kevin Pietersen is thought to earn more than [pounds sterling]2million when his other sponsorship deals are taken into account.

CELEB FANS If this summer brings cricket unlikely new fans, they will be in good company. Cricket-mad Mick Jagger may make an appearance today -- he once bought the online rights to an England series in India -- while Lily Allen is another fan from the world of music, often tweeting about our cricketing heroes. Actor Daniel Radcliffe is "obsessed with cricket" and Stephen Fry is a well-known fan, tweeting of the Test last week: "I'm supposed to be concentrating on writing a book but how can I concentrate with this epically mad Test match going on?" Radio 1 DJ and "total cricket nerd" Greg James told the Standard this week about his friendship with England stars Jimmy Anderson and Graeme Swann.

CAPTAIN HANDSOME England's captain Alastair Cook, 28, has captured the hearts of fans and female admirers alike since his 2006 debut in India, and is No1 on BuzzFeed's list of 12 hottest cricketers of the Ashes, with James Anderson at No 2 and Steve Finn at No 5. As Test captain, Cook has seen the cash rolling in; he is the face of Clydesdale Bank and Buxton's water among others. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.