I’m not a cricket fan; football is my sport of choice. But I am aware that there is a thing called ‘The Ashes’ which is a Test cricket series played between my old country, England, and my new one, Australia.
Just for clarification of the following, I want to reiterate that my old country is England and my new country is Australia.
The rules of following your team
This is how I deal with it:
- Whenever my old country is taking part in any sporting event, I support them. It’s the way it works.
- If my old country is taking part in a sporting event, and my new country is taking part in the same sporting event, I still support my old country. It’s the way it works.
- If my old country is taking part in a sporting event, and my new country is taking part in the same sporting event, and my old country gets knocked out whilst my new country is still involved, I can then support my new country.
That’s a bonus of dual citizenship.
But of course, when my old country is playing my new country head-to-head in any kind of sport, I support my old country.
The way I see it, there are a couple of reasons. First, you should never forget your roots, never forget where you came from. I was born in England, spent most of my life in England, and have supported England throughout that time.
That doesn’t change just because I moved to Australia, as much as I love it here.
The second reason is that there is a natural rivalry between the English living in Australia and Australians. As a ‘Pom’ living in Australia, if Australia ever beat England in any sport, then I am going to get it in the neck from Australians.
It’s the way it works.
So when England beat Australia in spectacular fashion, especially in The Ashes, then it’s an opportunity for a Pom like me to stick it back at them.
Not being a cricket fan myself, it was actually an image that I stumbled upon that brought this thrashing to my attention…
Image courtesy of Cricket Country
For those of you who are also not interested in cricket, here’s a quick roundup of the Australian disaster, gleaned from the upcoming video:
- Worst batting collapse in living memory
- Poorest Australian performance since 1936
- Australia all out before lunch for just 60
- Top Australian scorer; 13
- Lambs to the slaughter
That’s all I know about it, but it sounds pretty bad for the Aussies.