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article imageWoman attracts 1000s of Twitter followers due to The Ashes mix-up

By Mathew Wace Peck     Dec 1, 2010 in Sports
An American woman with the Twitter name “theashes” has been bombarded with messages from cricket fans and gathered nearly 11,000 followers.
Ashley Kerekes, 22, is a babysitter from Massachusetts who, by her own admission, knows almost nothing about cricket.
According to Sky News, prior to recent events, she had no knowledge of the Australia–England biennial cricket Test series, or that it had such a big following, and chose theashes Twitter name in 2007 because it was her boyfriend’s nickname for her.
Her first response to the bombardment of messages was to tweet, “I AM NOT A FREAKING CRICKET MATCH!” – after which she left her Twitter account untended for a few days.
When she next logged into her account, Kerekes discovered that her popularity had soared from a group of followers of about 300 to more than 9,000. Currently, that figure is fast approaching 11,000, and Kerekes has caught the notice of the world’s media.
She has been interviewed by newspapers and television stations from around the globe, including the BBC – “I can't believe I was interviewed by the BBC!!,” she tweeted afterwards – and Sky.
On Monday, the Australian airline, Qantas, entered the fray – tweeting, “Qantas wants to see @theashes in Australia. We’ll fly her from New York To Australia for the Ashes!” – and when asked by Sky News whether she would be making the trip, Kerekes said, “Someone is arranging everything for me, but as of right now it looks like that is the plan.”
Meanwhile, Vodaphone have offered their help, too, tweeting: “We want to #gettheashestotheashes so if @theashes can get over here we'll pony up #theashes tickets & a phone so she can tweet.”
After her initial annoyance, Kerekes seems to be enjoying her 15 minutes of fame, and, according to Digital Spy, Spread Shirt have turned her original tweet – “I AM NOT A FREAKING CRICKET MATCH!!!” – into a T-shirt.
She is even trying to improve her cricket knowledge, and is being helped by a number of her new cricket-fan followers.
Ashes to ashes
The Ashes is a Test cricket series played between England and Australia. Dating back to 1882, The Ashes is international cricket’s most celebrated tournament. The series is currently played biennially, alternately in the UK and Australia. The trophy, the Ashes urn, is reputed to contain a burnt cricket bail, ball or stump.
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