Barmy Army? Meet 'AB's Babies'

2016-01-18 09:18
AB de Villiers

Johannesburg - Johannesburg has an answer to the Barmy Army ... and they go by the name of 'AB's Babies'. 

In their "virgin Test match", as ringleader Warwick Austin put it so eloquently, AB's Babies were in full voice at the Wanderers on Saturday morning.  

There wasn't much to cheer, as De Villiers was out for 0 and the Proteas batting crumbled under overcast skies to crash to a match and series defeat.

Still, the 'Babies' were trying their best to motivate the Proteas from the sidelines.


"We bought these tickets in September last year after a convenient payday," said Austin (26).

"We just decided, why not get together and go to the cricket? We had a couple of mates down in Cape Town that went as Hashim's Army and they had great success but unfortunately our great leader resigned and we decided to get behind AB and get a bit of originality."

The group of about 100 strong was clad in adult nappies, dummies and baby hats.

But AB's Babies are no joke, and every member was given a "hymn book" of songs that were rehearsed beforehand.

There were some innovative lyrics. 

To the tune of the Franki Valli's Can't take my eyes off of you, the Babies belted out:

You're just to good to be true,

Can't take my eyes off of you,

You've got exceptional touch,

That p***k Broad can't like you too much. 

At long last you have arrived,

The innings is about to come alive,

You're just too good to be true,

Can't take my eyes off of you.

I love you AB and if it's quite alright,

I need you AB to put the ball in flight.

Fittingly, the 'Babies' were sitting a few rows in front of the Barmy Army on Saturday ... but the spirit between the two parties seemed jovial.

"A couple of geezers in there. They're pretty old," Austin said.

"I've heard them be called 'Dads Army' but this morning they got a beautiful rendition of Jerusalem which was spine-tingling and got us going. Hopefully we can have a bit of banter with them."

If Austin was able to throw all this all together, then there is surely nothing standing in the way of his dream to be a cricket commentator. 

"That's my goal ... but I'm about 50 Test caps off getting there," he said.

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