England should share the Cricket World Cup says screen legend John Cleese, of Fawlty Towers and Monty Python fame.
A cricket tragic and quintessential Englishman, Cleese tweeted that “part of me” felt the result was wrong.
England won the World Cup on a boundaries countback invoked after the sides were tied at the end of 50 overs, then a Super Over still could not part them.
There's a part of me that feels it would be absolutely splendid if we agreed to share the World Campions title with the Kiwis
It was a magnificent display from both teams, and both deserved to win, and neither deserved to lose
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) July 17, 2019
As a child, Cleese supported Somerset County Cricket Club, and played 1st XI cricket at secondary school.
Many of his twitter followers did not agree New Zealand were worth a share of the trophy. Terry of Wigan was one.
“That’s the trouble with us Brits, even when we finally win something, we beat ourselves up with guilt. Can you imagine the Americans wanting to share a championship? Didn’t think so,” he said.
Cleese responded: “Not guilt. Just a sense of fair play. American male values are individualistic I find team work and team spirit more admirable.”
Cleese, the star of movies such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Life of Brian, has tangled with New Zealand in the past.
In New Zealand four years ago, Cleese applied a cricket euphemism to when he lost his virginity, in Auckland’s Station Hotel.
It was there in 1964, the 24-year-old Cleese “broke his duck”, he said.
He once called Palmerston North New Zealand’s “suicide capital”, outraging the city and its residents.
“If you wish to kill yourself but lack the courage to, I think a visit to Palmerston North will do the trick,” he wrote in his book.
“We stayed in a little motel, the weather was grotty, the theatre was a nasty shape and the audience was very strange to play to. We had a thoroughly, bloody miserable time there and we were so happy to get out.”
Palmerston North named a landfill in his honour, the “John Cleese Memorial Tip”.