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November 25, 2016 #news

KNOCKED FOR SIX BY SUSHI

As the England Cricket Team square up against the Aussies in the Ashes, they could follow the lead of the World Cup winning Women's team.

The ladies blasted past New Zealand in the finals in Australia in March and Caroline Atkins and spin bowler Laura Marsh were photographed tucking into their "new favourite food" - sushi.

The ladies beat the Kiwis again in June to win the World Twenty20 championships and currently hold the women's Ashes - a pretty strong thumbs up for a healthy, high energy and low fat diet.

The men's team are no strangers to the delights of Japanese food either. Michael Vaughan has recently retired from international cricket after an impressive career as both an England Captain and, at one stage, the world's highest-ranked batsman.

He told the London Evening Standard: "I've always said I'll try anything once. I bumped into sushi in 2001 in New Zealand, just off the street, and I've never looked back. I love fresh, raw fish, California rolls, sashimi, teppanyaki, all that stuff. I must have it four times a week"

Mike Selvey, a former England cricketer and now a  commentator and cricket writer for the Guardian, remembers the England team tucking into sushi on a tour of the West Indies back in 2004. On his Guardian blog, he recalls teasing Matthew Hoggard for dining on sushi and mineral water before a big game but admits it can't be all bad as Hoggard took four easy wickets to support an England win

I love going to the cricket; it is the perfect entertainment for a summer day. I pack a picnic basket with a section of tasty sushi rolls and nigiri(just for you Vaughny), some hot but delicious wasabi peas to snack on and a couple of bottles of Pocari Sweat (a Japanese energy drink that tastes a million times better than it sounds). Then I just sit back and relax and watch the game unfold, keeping my fingers crossed that it won't be stopped by the great British weather.

I am already glued to the Ashes on tv - I just hope the Australians haven't been eating too much sushi...

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