When Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak met on Tuesday at the NATO summit, they joked around about the ongoing Ashes series. The Australian PM posted a video of their humorous conversation on Twitter. Albanese, during the summit, did not waste any time to surprise Sunak with a gift.
For Sunak, Albanese had something rather provocative prepared, and to the amusement of the British PM, he handed him a printout showing the current situation of the Ashes Test series. Australia is ahead of England by a score of 2-1, after the completion of three Tests.
Then Albanese handed Sunak a glossy picture of the controversial Jonny Bairstow stumping incident from the second Ashes Test which was played at Lord’s.In response to Albanese’s gift, Sunak prepared a picture of batters Mark Wood and Chris Woakes, who played a vital role in England’s sensational victory over Australia at Headingley just a few days before.
Watch it here:
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) July 11, 2023
Simply wouldn’t want to win a game in the manner Australia did: Rishi Sunak
“I’m sorry I didn’t bring my sandpaper with me,” Sunak in a funny manner referred to the ball-tampering scandal that involved members of the Australian Cricket Team back in 2018 which involved the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft and all of them were banned from the game for two years.
While Sunak agreed with England captain Ben Stokes‘ statement that Australia “broke the spirit of cricket” throughout the series, Albanese had previously shown his support for the Australian team. “Simply wouldn’t want to win a game in the manner Australia did. The prime minister agrees with Ben Stokes. He said he simply wouldn’t want to win a game in the manner Australia did,” Sunak asserted.
“I’m proud of our men’s and women’s cricket teams, who have both won their opening two #Ashes matches against England. Same old Aussies – always winning! Australia is right behind @ahealy77, @patcummins30, and their teams and look forward to welcoming them home victorious,” Albanese had tweeted after his team’s Lord’s Test win.