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Ashes canvas stretched across history awaits the strokes of new ...


Ashes canvas stretched across history awaits the strokes of new heroes

Like a Jackson Pollock piece is about more than paint, the Ashes are about more than cricket


The Ashes is about many things. Cricket is among them only in the sense that Jackson Pollock’s pictures are about paint. What Pollock’s paintings are about can be difficult to nail down. Ditto the Ashes.

Whether Frank O’Hara, the poet, knew much about the Ashes isn’t known. But he knew Pollock: “There has never been enough said about Pollock’s draughtsmanship, that amazing ability to quicken a line by thinning it, to slow it by flooding, to elaborate that simplest of elements, the line – to change, to reinvigorate, to extend, to build up an embarrassment of riches in the mass of drawing alone.”

Substitute Pollock for Shane Warne, draughtsmanship for technique, and drawing for bowling, and tell me that doesn’t fit.    ..

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