In what might well be the most sporting gesture to have come out of this year’s Ashes series, an Australian fan has followed up on a promise to get an embarrassing tattoo.
Having lost a bet he made that Australia would win the series, he now has these words permanently inked on his foot – “Stuart Broad is my hero, James Anderson my lover.”
England won the final Test of the series on Sunday, leveling the series 2-2.
“If Australia don’t win The Ashes series I will get a tattoo of the highest rated comment,” the fan posted on a cricket-specific forum on August 14, when Australia had already taken a 1-0 lead in the series.
He had said then: “Call it cockiness or confidence but I have faith in the Aussies (Smith) to bring home the goods. This is not a joke, I will genuinely ink up if the Aussies lose. I am a man of my word.
“Keep it to a sentence or two as I’ll get it on the side of my foot.
“Be creative. If I’m dumb enough to get a stupid tattoo to impress a bunch of random internet people I at least want it to be a laugh.”
However, things did not proceed like how the fan had expected.
At the end of the series, he wrote: “A promise is a promise. Australia didn’t technically “win” The Ashes series. Here is my tattoo of the highest-rated comment.”
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