This famous clip of an absolutely plastered Freddie Flintoff stumbling over a bus to celebrate the Ashes’ famous 2005 victory in England will live long in the memory of many cricket fans in this country.
Stories of the team’s antics that night graced the front and back pages for days as the dust settled after arguably the biggest test streak of all time.
But when it comes to drinking, Australians have their own stories to tell.
The most famous of these was when drummer David Boon drank an unimaginable 52 cans of beer on a flight to London ahead of the 1989 Ashes series.
According to the story, the Australians hopped on a Qantas flight from Sydney, via Singapore, before landing at Heathrow the following day.
In 1973 Australian internationals Rod Marsh and Doug Walters managed to see 44 beers on a flight home from the Caribbean – setting a record neither of them thought would ever be broken, especially after attempts to do so in 1977 and 1983 failed comfortably.
When the flight took off from Sydney, Boon had no intention of going for the record, but as the beers started flowing, the momentum picked up and everything started to change.
By the time they arrived in Singapore, Boon and a few others were already drinking No. 23 beer, and drinkers quickly began dropping like flies.
A few of the non-drinking players – aware of the approaching record – sat down with Boon for moral support, supposedly eager for him to carry on and make history.
His teammate Dean Jones, who had passed out somewhere in Southeast Asia, was suddenly awakened by enthusiastic applause and an announcement on the tannoy that Boon had broken the record.
He drank the equivalent of 35 pints in just under 16 hours.
What’s the record amount of beers you’ve put away in one sitting? Let us know in the comments section below… (and be honest!)
Australian coach Bob Simpson was seething.
He tried to suppress the news of the record breaking and considered sending his gravy drummer home before deciding against it.
Boon isn’t done there though.
After landing in London, he mumbled at a team press conference before helping himself to three more beers at a cocktail party – hosted by Australian sponsors – later that evening.
According to his teammates, he then slept for 36 straight hours, missing two training sessions before rejoining the team four days after landing.
Boon’s antics didn’t seem to affect his performance, and Australia retained the ballot box after a routine 4-0 win over England.
How did they celebrate, you ask? Well… guess.