World Cup takes steps in wrong direction

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 17, 2007 (AFP) – From the country that gave you Riverdance, Ireland can now boast The Chicken and The Ferret. The Irish team’s World Cup campaign, which has accounted for Pakistan and Bangladesh, has also spawned a couple of new moves which would definitely look out of place at all self-respecting nightclubs.

Captain Trent Johnston celebrates the fall of a wicket with a bizarre jig which involves leaping from one foot to the other while flapping his arms.

“The chicken dance came out of when I am out on the dancefloor, the guys say I look like a chicken so that’s just a celebratory dance I’ve given to the guys,” said Johnston.

“And we also have Dave Langford-Smith who does the ferret as well. It’s just a bit of fun. We are out here having fun and enjoying ourselves.”

Langford-Smith, who, like Johnston is Australian, pioneered the ferret at his wedding reception.

He then performed it at a party in Jamaica to celebrate the win over Pakistan last month.It came out again in the victory against Bangladesh.

The ferret looks a bit like the chicken except the arms do their flapping be