The Barmy Army have made musical sledging an art form but an Australian serial satirist has struck back with a song aimed at the England squad's varied cultural roots.
Denis Carnahan's song and video clip, called 'That's in England', features the 'MCC Selection Panel Choir' and has a playful poke at the presence of players born around the world who have, through naturalisation, become eligible to play for England.
"When I saw the team list for the touring party," Carnahan told Cricket.com.au. "You had three South Africans, a New Zealander, an Irishman and a Zimbabwean – if you say after that, 'walk into a bar', you've got a joke!"
"The Kiwi left when he was 12 and went to England but several of them went to England after they were 17 or 18, so they are what you’d call ring-ins and I thought it was legitimate to do a song about that."
The song is a remake of Carnahan’s hit satire of Queensland’s selection policies in rugby league’s State of Origin, and the idea of making a cricket version came soon after ‘That’s in Queensland’ was released.
When I released 'That's in Queensland' last year, I'd actually had it in my head several months before I released it."
"That kinda went nuts," said Carnahan. "But immediately people said, 'You should do this about England, there's an Ashes coming up, you've got to do this'."
It isn't the first time Carnahan has taken a pot shot at the England side. He had Stuart Broad in his musical crosshairs when he composed 'Why Didn’t Broad Walk?' to the tune of The Drifters' hit 'Under the Boardwalk' during the UK Ashes tour, and there are more ideas in the pipeline.
At least one former England cricketer appreciates the joke.
After BBC commentator Jonathan Agnew tweeted a link to the YouTube clip, Ashes-winning England wicket keeper Geraint Jones, currently playing for his native Papua New Guinea in the ICC World Cup qualifiers in Dubai, retweeted it with the comment:
"Mention for Kundiawa, love it! At least I am mentioned with some greats for one thing!”
"He's obviously happy with it," said Carnahan. "And seeing that he's a good PNG-born, Queensland-raised English cricketer, he earned his place in the song."
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First Posted 27 November, 2013 4:40PM AEST