The fans always play the role of the twelfth man on a cricket field and when it comes to a famous series likes the Ashes, their roles increase manifold. Not only are they supposed to back their team but are also expected to rile up the opposition players.
Well, England’s renowned Barmy Army seems to have done its homework pretty well as it looks primed to get under the skin of none other than Australia skipper Steve Smith in the upcoming five-Test series starting November 23 at Brisbane’s Gabba.
The jingle, which has been made to mock Smith, refers to infamous ‘brain-fade’ moment during the Bengaluru Test against India earlier this month and would be sung to the tune of The Beatles’ ‘I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends’.
The lyrics of the jingle are:
“I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends. What should I do/Should I use a review/Can you stand up and signal to me?”
During the Bengaluru Test against India, Smith had controversially tried to seek input from the dressing room before being caught red-handed by the Indian players. Smith had gone on to call it a brain-fade moment and was slammed by several quarters.
Meanwhile, Paul Burnham, the Barmy Army organiser, also hinted that the fan group has some new material for Australia vice-captain David Warner. He also admitted that Joe Root & Co. would need some support at the Gabba where the tourists haven’t won a game since 1986, and the hosts haven’t lost since 1988.
“We have a few new ones for Smith and Warner,” Burnham told News Corp Australia. “We felt his decision to ask for the review by looking up the change rooms deserved a song and that’s why we chose ‘I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends’. But really we are all about getting behind our boys as well because I reckon they might need a bit of help at the ‘Gabbatoir’.”
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