The Barmy Army came alive backing Joe Root’s side in the first and the second Ashes Tests played at Adelaide and Perth from the 23rd of November 2017 to date. Australia got the better of England quite comprehensively in both Tests to go two-up in the 5 match series.
England suffered a massive 10 wicket defeat but bounced back in the 2nd Test to show some fight, dismissing Australia for 138 in the second innings. However, the Aussie bowlers were well on top, especially Mitchell Starc who bagged another five-for on Day 5.
The attendance on Day 5 was 20,098, a record total of 199,147 over the span of five days.
Who is the Barmy Army?
The Barmy Army is a group of English Cricket fans who travel with England on overseas tours with flags, banners, songs and chants to encourage the team.
The semi-organised group was co-founded by Paul Burnham and the name was given by the Australian media during the 1994-95 Tests. Like the Sri Lankan papare bands, the Barmy Army is known for their chants even when England keep losing badly.
Magellan Ashes 2017/18
Despite England’s downfall, the Barmy Army was on fire, especially when James Anderson was running through the Aussie batting line up in the second innings of the 2nd Test at Perth.
“Last night, getting into the tenth and eleventh overs of my spell, it was a real help having them sing. It gives you that adrenaline boost you might need. That extra energy, that extra two miles an hour in your bowling. They’re always brilliant and we’re very grateful. We know they’ve spent their hard-earned money so we want to give them something to cheer about,” said the 35 year old. (pickle.nine.com.au).
Moreover, Their touching tribute to late Phil Hughes during the First Test at the Gabba drew praise around the country. They raised their voice to sing ‘There’s Only One Phillip Hughes” in the first session of Day 5.
However, a couple of late chants and tweets from the Barmy Army has brought out their “uglier” side as emphasized by the Australian media.
On Day 1 of the 1st Test, the Army took aim at Australian vice-captain David Warner and his wife, Candice, over an incident at a Sydney hotel in 2008. Later, they attempted to troll Australia’s leasing spinner over twitter.
“If you could play Test cricket but had to be as ugly as Nathan Lyon in return, what would you choose?” read the twitter poll.
Cricket fans from around the world were quick to speak against the personal attacks.
Nathan Lyon is currently the leading wicket taker in Test Cricket with Ravi Ashwin on his tail.
Ignoring the bad side, The Barmy Army has not just lifted their side but contributed to Test cricket throughout the last two decades. Meanwhile, the Aussies have done quite well to dominate both Tests with the support of home fans.
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