Here are the first five winning entries to the Out of the Ashes DVD competition. The other five will appear either tonight or tomorrow, depending on ‘arsedness’ on our part.
We asked you to name a non-Test playing nation and say how you’d get them to the 2015 World Cup.
Bert | Norway, North Korea, Chechnya, anyone really
Discuss the matter with the ICC and the major governing bodies. Arrange a meeting. Turn up in a helicopter carrying twenty million dollars in stolen cash. Job done.
Imran | Switzerland
- Persuade Roger Federer to take up professional cricket, pointing out he’d then get to wear flannels more often
- Redirect the flow of Saffer migrant cricketers to Switzerland by promising them chocolate
- Threaten to freeze the bank accounts of administracrats voting against Switzerland’s admission as a Full Member of the ICC
Peter | Bahamas
They rise from the depths of the ICC World Cricket League Division Eight when I provide them with a magic badger that guides them on their path, explaining that winning is purely a mental state and by drinking enough they can reach this state and become unbeatable … they do!
Brian | USA
I would get America to the 2015 World Cup by making Sarah Palin the captain and telling her that if her team didn’t win Obama would introduce free healthcare for all and would take everyone’s guns off them. Watch her go.
Tim | China
China’s population is 1.3 BILLION. Got to be able to scrape a squad out of that lot. They’ve got all the attributes, too. Freakishly tall? Strike bowler. Zen-like calm? Opening bat. Wizened village elder? New Paul Collingwood. Competition for places is fierce. National pride is at stake. Worked with India.