The greatness and the bitterness of the cricketing rivalry between Australia and England were witnessed at the same time. The ongoing Ashes series in England has been a blockbuster, filled with entertainment, controversies, and drama. Apart from the thrilling performances from both sides, there has been no shortage of aggression and banter between the two sides
Jonny Bairstow’s controversial run-out on Day 5 of the second Test match of the ongoing Ashes 2023 series has become one of the most talked about topics in the cricketing fraternity.
Bairstow’s stumping of Alex Carey rekindled the ‘spirit of cricket’ debate and left the English fans angry to such an extent that even the members couldn’t hold themselves back from namecalling the Australian cricketers and abusing them at the Long Room of the Lord’s.
Australia PM Anthony Albanese React To Jonny Bairstow’s Run-Out
Amidst all the debate and drama, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has also expressed his disappointment over the incident. He was clearly not happy with the manner of dismissal and hence slammed the visitors for going against the ‘spirit of cricket’.
“The prime minister agrees with Ben Stokes. He said he simply wouldn’t want to win a game in the manner Australia did. The game did provide an opportunity to see Ben Stokes at his best and it was an incredible Test match and he has confidence England will bounce back at Headingley,” Sunak’s spokesperson told media, reports The Guardian.
After Sunal’s statements, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese also joined the debate by taking an indirect dig at the English fans and media for calling the Aussies “cheat”. He tweeted:
“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 Alyssa Healy and Pat Cummins and their teams and look forward to welcoming them home victorious,”
Check out the Tweet:
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!
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) July 3, 2023