Throughout my early years as an Australian cricket fan, I’ve been very privileged to watch some of the most talented cricketers of our time and teams that dominated the cricketing landscape. The 2001 series had just come on the back of a record breaking 16 Test winning streak lead by captain Steve Waugh.
At that time I was just in my early teens and I still vividly remember waiting until my parents had gone to bed to sneak out into our backroom, where our only TV in the house was located, to watch the Ashes. I would lie there with my eyes fixated on the TV until I could no longer keep them open. At that point I would connect headphones to my old Sony diskman with its built-in radio and listen to ABC Grandstand as I would drift in and out of sleep, occasionally woken by the crowd at the fall of a wicket.
These days, not much has changed except I now don’t have to sneak around to watch the TV, as long as I don’t wake the misses up when I come to bed to listen with my, now wireless, headphones. Maybe some day my young son too will be sneaking out to watch the cricket beside me on the couch, only for me to carry him back to bed when sleep has got the better of him.