Mark Wood Playfully Pranks Ben Stokes With ‘Barbie Girl’ Song At Ashes Press Conference
By CricShots - Jul 27, 2023 11:57 am
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On the eve of the fifth and final Test of the 2023 Ashes, England’s skipper Ben Stokes found himself in a light-hearted moment during a press conference at The Oval. As he settled into his seat to answer questions, he heard the famous ‘Barbie Girl’ song playing in the background, prompting laughter from the reporters in the room.

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes at the pre-match press conference

Ben Stokes looked amused and bewildered, only to discover that his teammate Mark Wood was behind the playful act. England Cricket shared the humorous incident on Twitter, playfully captioning it as “Barbie 1-0 Oppenheimer.”

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The ‘Barbie Girl’ song, featured in the end credits of the Hollywood film ‘Barbie’, had recently released worldwide and quickly gained immense popularity, grossing an astonishing USD 356 million in its first weekend. Interestingly, it even managed to surpass Christopher Nolan’s biographical thriller ‘Oppenheimer,’ released on the same day.

With the Ashes series currently at 2-1 in favor of Australia after the fourth Test ended in a draw due to rain in Manchester, England is eager to secure a victory in the final Test to prevent Australia from winning their first away Ashes since 2001.

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In the Manchester Test, the hosts showcased excellent performance, gaining a substantial 275-run lead before having Australia five wickets down by stumps on Day 4. Unfortunately, persistent rain on the final day denied England the opportunity to level the series. As both teams gear up for the final showdown at The Oval, the players are in high spirits, finding moments of light-hearted fun amidst the intense competition. The fans eagerly await an exciting conclusion to this thrilling Ashes series.