As the Ashes finally gets under way, the big question of the whereabouts of streaker Michael Angelow still remains unanswered, who gave the cricket world one of the most memorable incidents in history. In the world of Ashes folklores, this is as memorable as any.
According to The Independent, on 4 August 1975, the fourth day’s play of the Ashes Test in Lords was disrupted when Merchant Navy cook Michael Angelow shed his clothes and made a dash across the playing area, vaulting the bails, and raising his fist in triumph at the Nursery End, before being led away by police.
The report said that in doing so, Angelow became Britain’s first sporting streaker, inspiring a tradition, which has extended to rugby internationals, Wimbledon and even the World Indoor Bowls Championship.
Angelow was fined 20 pounds for his beer-fuelled streak but he won the same sum in the bet, which prompted his spontaneous race across the hallowed turf, the report added.
The streaker is currently being tracked so that he could deliver a repeat performance, along with getting a promise of being rewarded with personalised Duckworth Lewis Method cheese in the shape of a cricket ball, the report further said.
His leap now graces the cover of Sticky Wickets, the new album by The Duckworth Lewis Method, the cricket-themed band led by Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy and songwriting colleague, Thomas Walsh.
If Angelow does come forward, he will be rewarded, according to the report.