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Left-Handed King of the Jungle!
Left-handed former England cricketer Phil Tufnell has been
catapulted into the limelight, after winning TV's "I'm A
Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here", beating off the challenge of
The former England left-armer said afterwards in typically
laid-back fashion: 'I only turned up for a bit of a kip for
The finale of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here
brought the show its biggest ever audience with more than 12
million UK viewers tuning in. Earlier all three remaining
contestants had to face their own Bushtucker trial in order to win
a fully prepared course for their final meal in camp.
Phil Tufnell had to eat a selection of insects for
his trial, Linda Barker had to transfer five eels from one tank to
another and John Fashanu had to walk across a log while grabbing
hanging stars. The 36-year-old snatched victory from Fashanu,
bowling over the majority of the 2.5 million people who
Emerging from the Australian rainforest camp, he
gasped: "I can't believe it, that's unbelievable, I can't believe
Tufnell was arguably the best spinner of his generation, but
courted controversy and was often dropped from games. Tufnell's
popular TV appeal has not necessarily been reflected by his poll
rating in the Middlesex dressing-room, where the team-mates he left
behind by announcing his retirement from first-class cricket last
month have all been casting their votes.
Coach John Emburey, who has had to come out of
retirement and register himself as a player at the age of 50 to
cover Tufnell's sudden departure, revealed : "I think the lads have
only been voting for him to keep him up the jungle. Phil has played
the jungle game very well and he's come across as a goody
two-shoes, but people haven't seen the other side of his character.
At his best, there's no question that Tuffers can be a very funny
ECB chairman David Morgan said: "I can't believe
Tufnell's contribution to the programme has done us any harm at all - he has been a good advertisement for left-arm county spinners".
"I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of
This year's participants
|It remains to be seen
whether Tufnell prefers playing cricket to eating them, but we will
no doubt be seeing much more of him on our TV screens in the coming
months, as he has expressed an interest in becoming a sports
presenter. Well done Tuffers!