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England Cricket Fans Suffer as Strong Aussie Cuts Beer Money

Cricket’s oldest international rivalry resumed last week in Australia without a traditional taunt of traveling English fans: “We’re fat, we’re round, three dollars to the pound.”

The Australian dollar, the second-best performer among 16 major currencies this year, has soared 55 percent against the pound since the teams last battled for the Ashes on Australian soil, making everything from the price of hotel rooms to meals more expensive for England’s so-called Barmy Army of fans.