Teammates are like the second family to the cricketers as they stay away from their family for a major part of the year due to their hectic international schedule. They gel together well and also keep on playing pranks with each other during their stay. Same was the camaraderie between England cricketers in 2012 during the home series against Australia in 2012.
Both the teams were in a hotel ahead of the fourth ODI in Durham and this is when the pace bowler Tim Bresnan accidentally was in possession of the building’s master key. He had access to all the rooms with it and teamed up with another pacer James Anderson to pull a hilarious prank on teammate Graeme Swann.
Speaking in the show Yorkshire Cricket: Covers Off, Bresnan recalled the hilarious moment and how he got hold of the cleaner’s key. “We’re in (the hotel) and I come back to my room after training, walked through the door, and there’s a key card on my dresser. I thought, ‘That’s weird, I don’t remember leaving that there.’ I picked it up, tried the door and it’s worked.
“Then I tried next door and it worked; it let me in. It must have been a master key, one of the cleaner’s keys or something. You can only imagine the fun we could have had with this key. I said to Jimmy (Anderson), ‘What room you in mate?’ and he showed me which one it was, and I was like, ‘There you go mate. He was like, ‘What, how did you just do that?” he said.
Swann’s wife also ended up watching p**n
Tim Bresnan and Anderson then decided to ransack Swann’s room and play p**n on his TV after he left for dinner. Moreover, they removed the batteries of the remote to make sure that the off-spinner doesn’t get a chance to off the TV. The duo made it worse for their teammate displacing all his stuff in the room and also ordered room service.
However, the pace bowlers weren’t aware that Swann’s wife was also staying with him in the room and by the time, they came to know, it was too late. The next day, Swann recited them the whole story how he was left with no option to watch the video on the TV with his wife in the room.
“So we waited for Swanny to leave for dinner and we go into his room and turn the mattress upside down, we put p*** on the TV, turned it up full blast, took the batteries out of the remote, we stole all of his minibar, we cleaned out his minibar, we ordered some room service.
“We basically ransacked his room, chucked his wardrobe all over the bed and stuff like that, and then we went for dinner. We’re walking across the bridge and just as we went across the bridge, down come the stairs Swanny and his wife … we didn’t have a clue that she was there.
“He was describing the scenes the next day, ‘I couldn’t get the video off the TV lads, I literally couldn’t get the video off the TV. I got room service to come and make my bed, and all three of us were stood there watching the video while she was making the bed up,” Bresnan further added.
Source: Cricket News – CricTracker