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    April 21, 2006

    Ashes is #1 in Australia

    A poll conducted for Cricket Australia has revealed the fairly obvious - the Ashes is the #1 sporting event for Australians.

    I wonder what a similar poll would reveal in other test playing countries.

    I suspect for England, it'd be a tough fight between the Ashes and some football trophy - either the FA Cup or the UEFA Cup(?). For West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe fans, it'd be "Any damn trophy we can get our hands on". New Zealanders would probably go in favour of the Rugby World Cup while South Africans may be split between the Rugby World Cup and beating Australia in cricket (I wonder why the Australia-South Africa test series doesn't have a trophy associated with it). Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan will definitely vote for cricket. I don't know how the votes would stack up if Indians, Sri Lankans and Pakistanis were to choose between a test/one-day series win against Australia/Pakistan/India/England (as applicable) or a World Cup.

    What is your preferred sporting prize? Mine is a test series win over Australia [preferably in Australia], with wins over South Africa [away], Pakistan and England coming a close 2nd, 3rd and 4th. A World Cup win would be nice, but that'd be my 5th choice! I'll take these wins over a hockey World Cup.
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    I'm afraid that for England if they won the football World Cup the reaction would leave the Ashes for dead.

    By Blogger Scott Wickstein (21-Apr-2006, 6:08:00 PM)  

    And anyway isn't cricket in general quite less popular in England? Despite the Ashes win, I suppose that damn football trophy would win? For India, I guess WC victory would win hands down. Personally, I would prefer a test series win in Australia most. On current form though, I would he delirious over a test series win in WI.

    By Blogger worma (21-Apr-2006, 6:13:00 PM)  

    Oops yes, I missed the football WC for England. How naive!

    Worma, the Indian team seems to have a superb knack of screwing up in the WI - 1996/7 and then 2001/02 - series wins for the taking, despite Ambrose & Walsh in 1996/7 and a lead in 2001/02!

    This time, I forecast WI's crop of quicks to cause a _lot_ of trouble, given the top order's hopeless batting of late.

    By Blogger Jagadish (21-Apr-2006, 7:44:00 PM)  

    Preferred sporting prize?

    Pakistan winning the Cricket World Cup or Pakistan beating the best side in the world on their home soil would be joint first, with winning against the best in the world on our own soil coming in as third and beating England and India either home or away joint fourth. The Hockey world cup would probably be joint sixth along with a Davis Cup win (though chances of that happening are about as likely as Gillespie breaking Lara’s 400 not out record).

    By Anonymous Zainub (22-Apr-2006, 8:36:00 PM)  

    zainub: Nice picks. Davis cup did escape my attention, although I'd wager that India has a better chance of a Davis Cup win than Pakistan. Of course, when Leander Paes quits, the equation will change!

    By Blogger Jagadish (24-Apr-2006, 2:42:00 PM)  

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