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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 June, 2005, 11:46 GMT 12:46 UK
10 ways watching cricket has changed
England's first international game of Twenty 20 cricket was played in Southampton on Monday. Forget civilised ripples of applause - the sound of an English summer will never be the same. Here are 10 ways watching cricket has changed.

England players in a dugout at the Rose Bowl
Oh - also players sit in a dugout rather than in the pavilion
1. The umpires now walk to the middle of the pitch to the throbbing sounds of Stuck In the Middle With You.

2. The game now starts at 5.30pm, meaning bus loads of office workers in suits and ties turn up, just like schoolboys in their uniforms playing with their mates after school.

3. There are schoolboys in the crowd.

4. And lots of women.

5. There is now a woman MC.

6. Not only are musical instruments not now frowned upon or confiscated at the turnstile, they are now handed out free and have the sponsor's name on them.

7. Spectators, who might have been watching cricket for many decades, now have some common ground with non-cricket lovers - they're sometimes not sure about what's going on. Twenty20's new rules - on no-balls, for instance - can mean batsmen being caught but not being out.

8. The interval entertainment is introduced with the words: "Would you like to see some lovely ladies?" before a group of girls twirl St George's flags and expose their midriffs.

9. The authorities seem unconcerned by people getting drunk, knowing they'll all be home by 9.30pm.

10. England beat Australia. Chants of "easy, easy" are not now meant sarcastically.


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