England Celebrates Rare Cricket Title

Scott Simon takes a moment to note England's first-ever victory in the Ashes cricket tournament with Australia.

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

Tens of thousands of Britons made like Boston Red Sox fans this week to celebrate England's victory over Australia in the Ashes cricket series, which Britain hasn't won since 1987. Great Britain invented cricket, but over the past few decades Commonwealth countries, including the Aussies, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, have often bested the Brits. I'd describe the highlights to you, except for many Americans cricket has no highlights, save for its hilarious vocabulary of stumps, googlies and sticky wickets. The competition went on for seven weeks. Remember that the next time you think baseball games are getting long.

Actually, cricket's long green lawns and stately pace seem to fit an English summer. The celebration's been a lift for a nation whose summer was made most memorable by a terrorist attack on London's subways. As fan Charles Strick(ph) says, `It's very nice to stand here in the sunshine in such high spirits. It's a marked contrast to the low spirits of July.'

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