England narrowly won the First Test against Australia despite the absence of their greatest cheerleader, Billy The Trumpet Cooper. Bill, an orchestra pro, was banned by the ground authorities in Nottingham, on some petty by-law. Today, Lords – the headquarters of cricket – announced that it will permit no music at all in the Second Test, starting Thursday, except for the two national anthems at start of play.
How do they expect cricketers and fans to get in the groove without music to cheer them on? I might have to sing very loudly as I pass the ground, two or three times a day. Oy, Lords! You have been warned.