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The Twashes

Tweetering is all the rage in Cardiff

Adam Leventhal Posted 10th July 2009 view comments

This series should be renamed the Twashes! Everyone has caught the Twitter bug and its adding a whole new element to covering the series, especially now the players are involved.

We may hear from them in pre and post match interviews and press conferences, but getting a window into their quieter moments can be very interesting.

Take Graeme Swann (SwannyG66) for example, his pre match tweeting showed just how excited he was ahead of the series. This is what he said on Tuesday evening, "right, room service, serve me a meal that will stop me bouncing round my room..."


He batted very well in England's first innings on the morning of day two, making 47 not out and he revealed his inspiration, "wonder what today will bring? It can start with the stone roses in my car". Curious to know what he was listening to, Fools Gold or I Wanna Be Adored?

Swann: aka SwannyG66 on Twitter

Swann: aka SwannyG66 on Twitter

Perhaps his most succinct tweet came after day two, which saw both Ricky Ponting and Simon Katich make centuries, he said "half a good day, half a c**p one."

Jimmy Anderson (JimmyAnderson9) is another player who uses Twitter, in one post he said "Off to practice with Swanny. Laughing at Fred running away from autograph hunters and them chasing after him in hotel car park!"

Jimmy Anderson (JimmyAnderson9) is another player who uses Twitter, in one post he said "Off to practice with Swanny. Laughing at Fred running away from autograph hunters and them chasing after him in hotel car park!"

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I'm pretty sure the two players I've mentioned so far are genuine, however there are a few that are a little more suspicious. Kevin Pietersen (Kevin_Pietersen) for example is supposedly able to tweet from the middle, one post said "Raising my bat! Love that feeling. Come on now Colly son". Funny though.

Another one of my favourite twitter offerings comes from straussvponting, described as "The 2009 Ashes Diaries of Andrew 'Straussy' Strauss and Ricky 'Punter' Ponting." One recent post from 'Straussy' read, "Does anyone know what time we are playing cricket tomorrow?" His opposite number said this during the Sussex warm-up match "Bloody twitter addiction, just cost me my wicket to that Kirtley."

There are, of course, many of the media that tweet, myself included (, but the newest recruit is our very own David "Bumble" Lloyd (bumblecricket) and he is loving it, here are a couple that made me chuckle recently, "Lovely cheese and onion sandwiches have arrived. Sir Ian seems to be guarding them" and "It's swinging. Must be something to do with planetary alignment."

Let me know if you have any particular favourites that are worth following during the Twashes!

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