The England cricket team managed to leave Australia with some pride and a trophy after snatching victory from the jaws of total humiliation in the one day test series, going on a four match unbeaten run to clinch the title. They did admitedly then nearly get mugged at knife point in their hotel (Australians really hate losing) but that is besides the point!

So a quick tally of all the important trophies between the UK and Australia! The Aussies have the Ashes, we have the Rugby World Cup and now the Commonwealth Bank Cricket Series (a.k.a the tri-nations of one day cricket). Most importantly of all though, the Aussies have the Polocrosse World Cup and are the favourites to hold on to it too!

Therefore, we are looking at how those of you who are travelling to the World Cup can help swing the balance in the favor of the UK!

Firstly there is wearing the correct attire so as to inspire the UK team and scare the opposition into submission. This sort of attire can be purchase from the UK official world cup site and includes polo shirts, hoodies, shorts, caps and even kagools (just in case it rains!) All these items and more can be found by clicking on this link:

The second thing to do to is to sing! Warcrys have been an integral part of battles for many hundreds of years and singing songs while at sporting events is just an continuation on this theme! Below are some of the songs sung by the cricket Barmy Army but I’m sure they won’t mind us borrowing them! If anyone can think of any other, either ones encouraging our team (or particular players) or less encouraging ones about the opposition, please let me know! And if any of the opposition want to let me know what they intend to sing back please let me know as well!

Convict Colony
(to the tune of “Yellow Submarine”)
In the town where I was born,
There lived a man who was a thief
And he told me of his life,
Stealing bread and shagging sheep.
So they put him in the nick,
And then a magistrate he went to see
He said: “put him on a ship,
To the convict colony”
You all live in a convict colony,
A convict colony, a convict colony
You all live in a convict colony,
A convict colony, a convict colony

You Can Sing Sod All
(To the tune of ‘Wonderwall’)
Today is gonna be the day that we’re gonna sing a song for you.
By now you should’ve somehow realized that’s what we’re here to do.
And I don’t believe that anybody sings as bad as you.
Backbeat, the word is on the street that you can’t even write a song
I’m sure, you’ve heard it all before, but c’mon Aussies prove us wrong
‘Cos I don’t believe that anybody’s quite as thick as you
The “oh aah” song you sing for Glenn is so sad
And “Warney Warney Warney” is just as bad
There are many songs that I would like to hear from you
But you don’t know how, (don’t know how)
‘Cos maybe, (maybe) you’ll never find a song to play me, (play me)
‘Cos after all, YOU CAN SING SOD ALL!

Ball and Chain
(To the tune of “The House of the Rising Sun”)
There is a house in New Orleans, They
call the Rising Sun
It’s been the ruin of many a poor boy,
oh Lord I know I’m one
One foot on the platform, one foot on
the train
I’m going back to New Orleans, to my
ball and chain
Ball and Chain! Ball and Chain!
We came here with Backpacks you with
Ball and Chain
Ball and Chain! Ball and Chain!
We came here with Backpacks you with Ball and Chain

The Aussies Love the English
The Aussies love the English,
You might find it quite strange
‘Cos we sent them all down under,
With only balls and chains
And when they see the English,
They always shout and scream
But when they had the chance to vote
They voted for the Queen!
God save your gracious Queen
Long live your noble Queen
God save your Queen (you’re a convict)

Send her victorious
Happy and glorious
Long to reign over you
God save your Queen