Hugh Jackman commentates during Boxing Day Test, Twitter goes crazy
As England's spluttering campaign drags into the fourth Test, the competitive spirit of the Ashes has already been blown away by the lop-sided result of the series. However, given the history of the Boxing Day Test brought in fans by the number, the appearance of one local lad in the commentary box made heads turn.
The real Jack of all trades, Australian actor Hugh Jackman, known for his versatile range of talents, entered the stadium and did a short stint of commentary for the broadcasters during Australia's innings.
Famous for the role of the fictional character Wolverine in the Marvel Comics, the 49-year-old actor isn't an outsider to the world of cricket.
In fact, he is one of the few genuinely knowledgeable fans of the sport in the movie business.
He had once confessed that he had dreamed of representing the Australian team, "long before I wanted an Oscar".
He was in India earlier this year to promote his movie Logan, the last film in which he portrays the role of Wolverine. During promotions, he expressed his admiration for Virat Kohli, and backed the Indian team to do well after they lost the Pune Test against Australia.
"Kohli is amazing. You know what I love about him is that he thinks out of the box, he seems to absolutely love what he is doing", he had said.
He showcased his more than decent batting skills as part of a broadcasting event during the Ashes 2010, where he had a face-off against Shane Warne, facing six balls from him in the nets.
Here's a sneak peek into his commentary skills during Australia's batting on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test:
Twitter had a field day: while some expressed their annoyance at Jackman making the Ashes commentary box his platform for promotion, others were impressed by his short stint with the mic, and took to the social media site to key in their opinion:
Hugh Jackman's entry in the Ashes commentary box is surely part of his promotional campaign for his upcoming flick, The Greatest Showman, set to release in cinemas soon.
The movie is about American Showman PT Barnum, played by Jackman himself, and also stars Zac Efron and Michelle Williams.
While opinion may be divided on bringing in the actor in the commentary box while unabashedly promoting his film, it shouldn't be minded that Jackman's quirky commentary brought in a unique flavour to the broadcast, especially with fans having had to endure a toothless English side hurtle for three consecutive losses against a rampaging Australian side.