And South Africa win the Ashes……?
Posted by Matt Walker on August 23, 2009
Very shortly, the 4th day of the deciding Ashes cricket Test will begin. England holds its breath to see whether their boys can regain the Ashes from Australia, proving that their country is superior at cricket to chaps from that far away island.
Yesterday, Jonathan Trott was the hero. He scored a magnificent century to help put England in a commanding position. During the tea break, I settled down to enjoy the cricketing chat of messrs Warne, Botham and Gower and was interested to listen to their discussion of the pitch and Jonathan Trott’s origins. Trott was born in Cape Town South Africa in 1981.
Which called to mind that other English cricketing hero, Kevin Pietersen, who was also born in South Africa in the early 1980s. But surely the England captain himself was born in England? No, he too was born in South Africa. Both Strauss and Pietersen have English mothers, and South African fathers. To be fair, this is nothing new. Over the years, several players born somewhere in Africa have played for the England cricket team.
But it does raise the question, what is it that actually makes somebody English? Is it the country they are born in? Is it their parentage? Is it their capacity to speak English? Is it their cricketing ability? Interestingly, the English don’t mind if South Africans help them to win a cricket match, but I suspect that if Spanish goal keeper, Manuel Almunia, had been called up to play for England at football, all hell would’ve broken loose. Almunia has British citizenship and has said he’d like to play for England.
So who will win the Ashes – England, Australia, or South Africa?