Cricket: Zombie, Doggy and the song album from hell

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Karaoke crooners are in for a tonsil-twanging session on the cricket fields of New Zealand where all five one-dayers against England will offer a host of tracks from the Greatest Dressing-room Album Ever.

Personally selected tunes, including "Cigarettes and Alcohol", will add to the repertoire of England's "Barmy Army" touring fans, thanks to the New Zealanders' desire to spice up the internationals by playing the batsmen's favourite ditty as they walk to the crease.

The England players have responded with a light-hearted selection. Hence the choice of the once wayward Phil Tuffnel for the Oasis number concerning smoking and drinking. Darren Gough, whose star has waned after being hailed as the new Botham, still has enough self-belief to go for "Walking On Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves. Alec Stewart, however, may be accused of taking the tongue-in-cheek approach too far with rocker Bryan Adams' "Summer of 69".

Mike Atherton, the England captain, whose innings during the tour have rarely lasted longer than a three-minute single, has a liking for another song by Brit pop's finest - "Some Might Say", while his vice-captain Nasser Hussain was no doubt thinking about the performance against the might of Matabeleland with "Zombie".

The opener Bryan Young has done his credibility irreparable harm by having Sade's "Smooth Operator" on the Kiwi songsheet, but they do warm up a little with Chris Harris opting for Tommy Roe's "Dizzy" and Nathan Astle's "Unbelievable" by EMF.

Sadly, the best song may never by heard. England's reserve wicket-keeper, Jack Russell, is struggling to get a game but should he get the call, clear the throats for "How Much is that Doggy in the Window?"


The Official England List The Independent Bootleg Suggestion

Mike Atherton and Some Might Say (by Oasis). Should I Stay Or Should I Go (The Clash)

Nick Knight or... Go Now (Moody Blues)

Nasser Hussain Zombie (The Cranberries) Stuck in the Middle with You (Steelers Wheel)

Graham Thorpe Swamp Thing (The Grid) Halfway To Paradise (Billy Fury)

Alec Stewart Summer Of 69 (Bryan Adams) Son of my Father (Middle of the Road)

John Crawley Wonderwall (Oasis) Alone Again, Naturally (Gilbert O'Sullivan)

Dominic Cork There's Nothing I Won't Do (JX) Howzat (Pilot)

Darren Gough Walking On Sunshine (Katrina and the Waves) On Ilkley Moor Bar T'at (Trad)

Ronnie Irani Two Tribes (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) Don't Look Back in Anger (Oasis)

Andy Caddick I Feel Good (James Brown) Nowhere Man (Beatles)

Robert Croft Delilah (Tom Jones) (S)pinball Wizard (The Who)

Phil Tufnell Cigarettes and Alcohol (Oasis) Bat Out Of Hell (Meatloaf)

Chris Silverwood Supersonic (Oasis) Great Balls of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis)

Craig White Son Of A Gun (JX) Wannabe (Spice Girls)

Alan Mullally Ain't Nothing But The Real Thing Left of Centre (Suzanne Vega)

(Marcella Detroit and Elton John)

Jack Russell How Much is that Doggy in the Window? You've Lost That (G)Loving Feelin'

(Carole Carr) (Righteous Brothers)

David Lloyd - Mony Mony (Billy Idol)

or... Reasons To Be Cheerful (Ian Dury)