Images and videos of Australian cricketers celebrating their ICC T20 World Cup victory by drinking beer from their shoes are turning stomachs of netizens. In a video shared by ICC twitter handle, Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis can be seen indulging into the Australian way of celebrating. Both the cricketers are grooving to the music and as their mates cheery, they pour their beer in their shoe and empty the shoe in their mouths.

The celebration comes after Australian cricket team defeated the Kiwis in all crucial final of the ICC T20 World Cup on Sunday. The kiwis, looked to be in a pretty decent form, and gave the biggest T20 World Cup target to Australia to chase down (173). However, Australian openers and middle order batsmen made a joke of the total and chased it comfortably with 8 wickets to spare.

The Facts of the Matter

A giant among giants, the Australian cricket team was once a formidable force to be reckoned with. During the 2000s the team had the likes of Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee and Shane Warne serving it. It was under the leadership of Ponting that Australia went on to win the ODI World Cup in 2003 and 2007.

However, as the golden period ended for Australians, it took the new team 7 attempts at championship of the newest and quickest format of the game. On November 14, Australian team, under the leadership of Aaron Finch, clinched its maiden ICC T20 World Cup by defeating the Kiwis.

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Celebration Visuals Go Viral

After the game, visuals of a triumphant Australian team were making the rounds on the internet. While some celebration videos show the players dancing together with drinks in their hands, others showed a quite stomach lurching celebration.

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In a video shared by the ICC, Matthew Wade and Marcus Stonis can be seen taking a bunch of selfies and then drinking their beer from their shoes. Video footage showed Stoinis first washing the shoes (in beer, of course), before taking the first huge gulp. Soon, Finch too joined in the party.

The celebration evoked some hilarious response from netizens. While some netizens commented with puke emojis and gifs, others wondered what this strange celebration is all about.

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What is the ‘Shoey’ Tradition?

For the uninitiated, the celebration is not a bizarre act of madness. According to the Australian sporting culture, this is a popular practice and has a name called “doing a shoey”. Back in 2017, Australian Formula 1 driver Daniel Riccardio celebrated on the podium by doing the same thing. Further, he was also joined by veteran actor Patrick Stewart who also chugged beef from shoes.

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New Zealand and Australia T20 Final Highlights

Earlier in the day, Kane Williamson & Co. went ahead with batting first in the final of the ICC T20. New Zealand lost the crucial wicket of Daryl Mitchell in the 4th over and the team was left at 28/1. However, soon Martin Guptill and captain Kane Williamson steadied the innings.

Unfortunately for New Zealand, wickets kept falling on the other end while the skipper batted furiously and with intent. Guptill, Philips were both dismissed at 28 and 11.

To his credit, skipper Williamson played a captain’s knock and scored 85 of just 48. He took his team to a commendable total of 172 runs.

However, Australian batters made the total seem to be at least 50 runs short. Other than the wicket of Aaron Finch, the team never looked to be out of sorts. David Warner and Mitchell Marsh’s 92 run stand pushed the Kiwis out of the game, and hungry for its ICC Trophy.