To mark the return of the Ashes to England after 12 years, the England cricket team have come up with an inspiring song.
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 4 & 5): Q.: "How did you come to write this song and why is it coming on?."
A.: "Well, when Don Wilson and I were on holiday in Jersey we heard a chap in a pub there singing a rather good song called "Show me a Winkleton Night.". Well, we liked the words - there's only one word, that doesn't matter - but it also had a very good tune, so after we'd won one of the test matches we thought well, why don't we write the words to a song and when we won both and had won the Ashes as well we wrote the rest of the verses and we rehearsed them - we even sang them in the airplane coming home."
Q.: "But songs aren't really part of the tradition of cricket so much as they are with ruby are they?".
A.: "No, this is the first time I think that anyhow any Ashes winning team has sung a song. Anyhow I hope you'll call it singing when you hear it."
Q.: "What's it like artistically?".
A.: "Oh, very good indeed. There's one poet in the party. We won't mention a name but he doesn't approve of the lyrics, but basically, they are jolly good."
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Background: To mark the return of the Ashes to England after 12 years, the England cricket team have come up with an inspiring song. In the rugby tradition, England's cricket team sit in a London pub, swill beer, slap their things and let loose. The quality of singing is debatable, said BBC cricket commentator Brian Johnson who wrote the words, but the rhythm is good.
SYNOPSIS: In what is normally rugby tradition, England's cricket team sit in a London pub swilling beer and singing - to commemorate the return of the Ashes to England after 12 years. Following the team's victory in Australia, BBC Cricket commentator Brian Johnson wrote the words, and here he explains.