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How it is good to gloat at the Aussies sometimes.

When England suffered a shock defeat against Holland in the opening match of the World Twenty20, Australia - who are England's biggest rivals - admitted that they laughed and cheered back at their hotel.

That was before the Aussies suffered a shock defeat against the West Indies and then lost to Sri Lanka to be bundled out of the tournament at the Group Stage.

England have since beaten Pakistan and have progressed to the Super Eights stage of the tournament.

So who's laughing now?

And before the tournament started, the Aussies even slated the city of Leicester.

Australia captain Ricky Ponting told the media that he didn't want Australia to be knocked out of the tournament at the Group Stage as it would mean having to spend a fortnight in Leicester - England's eighth largest city - before they start the warm-ups for the upcoming Ashes series against England next month.

"We will have two weeks in Leicester," he said. "That won't be good for anybody."

So the people of the great city of Leicester will be particularly pleased at the Aussies' plight.

To help the Convicts out, The Sun has kindly created a guide to Leicester and Leicestershire for them to make their two week stay more pleasant....


Strewth, mate! ... Aussie cricket team have been booted out of the World Twenty20 at the Group Stage days after poking fun at the English


By MARTIN PHILLIPS
Senior Feature Writer
Published: Today

THE economy, the weather – there wasn’t much to smile about ... until the Aussies got humiliated at cricket.

After crashing out of the World Twenty20 tournament, they face two weeks of thumb-twiddling at their Leicestershire training camp before their first Ashes warm-up game.

Before the tournament, Aussie captain Ricky Ponting said: "We will have two weeks in Leicester (if we go out at the Group Stage)"..That won't be good for anybody."

So we’ve come up with a guide to some local attractions to help them pass the time.

NATIONAL GAS MUSEUM
Leicester
No one is more full of gas than an Aussie in full sledging mode. Now they are a bit deflated, they could study the history of gas and view an amazing collection of appliances.


Steaming ahead ... Great Central Railway at Loughborough


GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY
Loughborough
This is the UK’s only double track mainline heritage railway so Ricky Ponting’s boys can experience being on one track while everyone else heads in the opposite direction. Again.

NATIONAL SPACE CENTRE
Leicester
The Aussies have got plenty of space in their diary now. Instead of wallowing in cricket’s black hole, they could visit the futuristic Rocket Tower, try simulator rides and sample the UK’s largest 360° planetarium.

BELVOIR BREWERY
Old Dalby
As axed Oz cricketer Andrew Symonds would confirm, Antipodeans are partial to a tinny or two. But could this lot organise a booze-up in a brewery?

AEROPARK
East Midlands Airport
Features a collection of grounded former high-flyers. No, not the Aussie team but Spitfire, Vulcan B2 and Hawker Hunter vintage planes.

Plane to see ... Aeropark
Simon Perkin / Alamy

CONKERS
No, not the indoor/outdoor experience centre off the M42 at the National Forest. The English-invented game they actually might be able to play.

GURU NANAK SIKH MUSEUM
Leicester
A fascinating museum where the Aussies could learn how to tie a turban – if they haven’t had enough of being tied in knots by Sri Lankan and West Indian bowlers.

BOSWORTH BATTLEFIELD
Market Bosworth
They could try to get a taste for a fight here but it’s more than 500 years since an English King was killed in battle – and Lancastrian Andrew Flintoff will not be taking prisoners come July.

FOXTON CANAL MUSEUM
They’ve found themselves up a creek without one lately, but maybe the Aussies will find a paddle here.

Push the boat out ... at Foxton Canal Museum
David Bartlett / Alamy


VICTORIA PARK
Leicester
If all else fails, the Aussies could always challenge locals to a game in this 69-acre park. On second thoughts... they would only cry when a pub’s reserve team beat them.


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Last edited by Blackleaf; Jun 10th, 2009 at 12:52 PM..