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Ashes 2017: 5 new chants by the Barmy Army

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Australia v England - Fifth Test: Day 2

The Barmy Army are a group of very ardent English cricket fans who follow the team on Tour - some of them year round. Interestingly, while they describe themselves as a 'semi-organised group,' they are in fact a registered, limited company.

The Ashes are perhaps unarguably the biggest rivalry in the history of cricket, and definitely the longest - so it perhaps no surprise that fan fervour for the Barmy Army is at its highest.

The group regularly sing - and create chants, and tend to add to their repertoire every year - in what is a novel way of taking digs at their rivals.

Here are some chants the Barmy Army have added to their playlist.

Steve Smith ... is Ringo?

Australian captain Steve Smith came under fire earlier this year in India for what is still constantly referred to jokingly as his notorious 'brain fade' incident. Playing in the second innings of Australia's second Test against India in Bengaluru, Smith was adjudged to be out lbw off an Umesh Yadav delivery.

Seeking advice on whether or not he should take a review, Smith looked back to non-striker Peter Handscomb, who nodded in the direction of support staff in the dugout. That incident was noticed by both Virat Kohli and umpire Nigel Llong, who issued Smith marching orders. The Australian skipper later described it as a "brain fade" and apologised to Kohli.

Although no action was eventually taken by the ICC, the incident earned Smith significant derision, and it appears that the Barmy Army have taken full advantage of that incident.

Set to the tune of The Beatles' With a Little Help from My Friends, the Barmy Army wrote a lengthy chant to Steve Smith.


What should I do

Should I use a review

Can you stand up and signal to me

Tell what you’ve seen

On the replay machine

Am I out am I in

Can you see

Oh and I cheat with a little help from my friends

Oh and I cheat with a little help from my friends

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