•   From Esquire, Jan 2007 So why do the Australians enjoy seeing us grovel? In the Australian Book of Life, the British drop them in it.  One way they can climb back out again is by smashing England at cricket.  In the twentieth century this ambition was occasionally thwarted, sometimes by individual genius (Dennis Compton and Ian Botham), at others by brutal acts of pre-meditated cheating (the Bodyline series). In the 1990’s, however, the Australians finally achieved outright dominance in the Ashes.  They then triumphed in two Rugby World Cups, consecutive Cricket World Cups, and the Davis Cup.  Lleyton Hewitt won Wimbledon, and between 1991 and 2000 Australia were world champions in 12 team and 21 individual sports, including eight-ball

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