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Cricket Verse: From the English to the Lankans, 'Come as You Are' (Humour)

David Lloyd
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Linus FernandesAnalyst IIMay 2, 2011

David Lloyd, in the Independent, remarked thus: “England’s first series since the Ashes euphoria of four months ago may feel more like a ‘come as you are’ street party than a suited-and-booted city pageant.”

The comment was directed at the up-coming tour of England by Sri Lanka.

Bumble was, of course, referring to the state of unrest in Sri Lankan cricket: a change of captain and vice-captain, the resignation of the selection committee, the retirement of Lasith Malinga from Test cricket and the lure of the IPL putting paid to plans of a training camp before the team embarked on the series.

The English team would be well-advised to welcome the tourists with this Nirvana song, penned by Kurt Cobain.

Here are the modified lyrics (very little to be altered, for sure.)

 Come As You Are

Come as you are, as you were, as we want you to be.
As friends, as friends, as a fresh Enemy.
Take your time, hurry up, choice is yours, don't  be late.
Take a rest, as friends, as an old memory.
Memory ah, Memory ah, Memory ah.
Come doused in IPL Mud, soaked in English Bleach, as we want you to be.
As a trend, as friends, as an old Memory ahhh.
Memory ahh, Memory ahh, Memory ahh.
And we swear that we don't  have guns
No, We don't  have guns 
No, We don't  have guns 

Memory ahh, Memory ahh, Memory ahh, Memory ahh. (we don't  have guns .)

And we swear that we don't  have guns 
No, We don't  have guns 
No,We don't  have guns 

No, We don't  have guns 

No, We don't  have guns 

(Memory ahh, Memory ahh)

The English cricketers have promised: "We will rock you."

Quote of the day:
Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so. - Douglas Adams


Lasith Malinga, retired from Tests.
Lasith Malinga, retired from Tests.Hamish Blair/Getty Images

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