Mason Cox might have grown up in the US thinking ‘cricket’ was just a noisy insect, but the Collingwood big man has gone in to bat for the Aussie men’s team.
Coming from a country dominated by NFL and basketball, Texan-born Cox had likely never come across terms like wrong’un or gully or slip before moving down under to join the Magpies.
But it didn’t stop him from defending the nation’s cricketers after their humiliating loss to India in the Boxing Day Test.
“One thing I always find insane is how Australia is able to compete and win in sport against the world’s largest countries in things like cricket and the Olympics,” he wrote on Twitter.
Cox noted that India’s population “is 54 times Australia’s,” arguing that the pool of candidates to don a Baggy Green for the country are much slimmer.
And he’s not wrong, India boasts a population of more than 1.3 billion, while just under 25 million people reside in Australia.
The Aussies surrendered a 1-0 lead to even the four-Test series yesterday after an uninspiring batting performance, losing by eight wickets.
That result came just a week after the Australians — led by Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins — demolished the tourists by bowling them all out for 36 in the final innings.
Captain Tim Paine and his men will be hoping to bounce back in the must-win New Year’s Test, which will be be held in Sydney after Cricket Australia pulled off a COVID miracle.
It was only possibly after an 11th hour agreement by the Queensland Government to grant exemptions to players and officials to cross the closed border for the fourth Test at the Gabba.
With the uncertainty surrounding the SCG’s capability to hold the Aussies’ redemption stage, at least they will have one man — all 211cm of him — in their corner.