SYDNEY, Australia – American Ashley Kerekes, Twitter user behind @theashes, became an instant hit when she complained last Saturday, November 27, 2010 after her account was bombarded by messages about cricket, according to international news sites.The lady was so upset to receive a lot of tweets from a topic she doesn’t know. She even asked other twitter users about a wicket. Kerekas admitted that she is not even sure of who to support between Australia and England. She previously tweets only about knitting and updates on the “Glee” TV show.
On Monday, November 29, 2010 @theashes was offering a self-designed T-shirt worth $19.90 at www.spreadshirt.com, using her famous tweet “I am not a freaking cricket match!!” aiming to share the income to #gettheashestotheashes.
Kerekas tweeted, “I hope no one is offended by me making T-shirts.” The lady added that she might “probably make two cents a shirt” but she is “not trying to get rich, just have fun.”
Due to her instant popularity, the lady from Massachusetts was even offered a free flight by Qantas Airways from New York to Australia and sell her T-Shirts there.
The 22-year old Kerekas had about 300 followers before the Australia-England match, but in the morning of Monday her followers increased to 6,100. Her boyfriend was the one who started calling her “the ashes.” She registered the Twitter name @theashes in 2007.
Here are some of @theashes famous tweets:
- “I AM NOT A FREAKING CRICKET MATCH!!!”
- “what the hell is a wicket?”
- “This is not the account of the cricket match. Check profiles before you send mentions, it’s incredibly annoying and rude”