For the uninitiated, True Blue is an iconic folk song that captures the spirit and true meaning of being Australian like nothing else does. Composed by John Williamson, its lyrics are potent questions that talk about the values and qualities that constitute the make-up of a true Australian.
And even though it has become a kind of an Australian identity since 1982, it only became the unofficial Australian cricket dressing room song ever since Steve Waugh’s captaincy. It is only when it rang loud in Manchester’s Old Trafford, under the lights in the dark and being sung by every member in the Australian squad including Glenn McGrath who was a guest invitee, its wider implications were realized.
The Ashes had been retained away from for the first time since 2001- when Waugh, Langer, and McGrath were all a part of the team as players – and Tim Paine and company did not hold back on screaming their lungs out with passion blaring through their bodies and their voices.
Nathan Lyon soon took charge of proceedings and spoke about how much the victory meant to him given that it had always been his dream. He was sincere in his words and he then pulled Steve Smith into the middle of the huddle in an act of gratitude for his flamboyant heroics and called him simply the best in the world. This was followed by drenching Steve Smith in champagne which gave way to merrier, more laughter, and more joy.
The Aussie team did not let a few taunts go amiss when it came to defeating England at their own home. Smith mocked and mimicked Jack Leach with his glasses and then Mitchell Marsh got the entire side to do 15 push-ups in tandem. The dream was conquered and the joy was unfettered. The group was one in euphoria and it showed in the manner of how members hugged each other and celebrated like children at a birthday party.
There was something different about this Aussie side. This was an Australia team that was still trying to forget and make peace with the events of Cape Town. It seemed that every mock and taunt of “Same old Aussies, always cheating” only fuelled Paine’s squad with ambition and drive with the man at the center of it all, Steve Smith leading from the front and answering every question with his willow in hand.
This Australian side has managed to put its ego aside and knows how to play cricket the True Blue way and as a result has provided with the blueprint on how to win in England in what might be an uninteresting but extremely emphatic way.
Former pace bowler Glenn McGrath says retaining the Ashes means Australia can finally consign the ball-tampering scandal to the past.
You beauty! Australia has retained the Ashes on foreign soil for the first time in 18 years and we’re on the ground with the team as they celebrate the big win!
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