UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese engaged in humorous banter about the ongoing Ashes series between the two nations as they met on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Lithuania on Tuesday, July 11. .
Australia currently leads 2-1 in the ashes 2023 series. The Ben Stokes-led side bounced back to win the third test after two defeats in the first two games. The two teams will meet at Manchester’s Old Trafford Cricket Ground from Wednesday 19 July.
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In a video shared by Albanese on Twitter, two leaders had a friendly joke. Albanese submitted a document stating that Australia lead 2-1 in the best-of-five Test series. On the other hand, Sunak showed an image of English batsmen Mark Wood and Chris Woakes celebrating after the victory at Headingley.
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“Met with Prime Minister @RishiSunak to discuss progress with AUKUS, technology transfer and economic challenges, as well as the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement.” Albanese tweeted.
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) July 11, 2023
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I didn’t bring my sandpaper with me – Rishi Sunak
Albanese shared a photo of Jonny Bairstow’s controversial stumping incident in the second Test, which Australia won by 43 runs. In a light-hearted response, Sunak jokingly referred to the infamous “Sandpaper Door” scandal, saying: “I’m sorry I didn’t bring my sandpaper with me.”
Bairstow’s controversial dismissal took place in the second Test of the ongoing Ashes series at Lord’s. The English batsman came out of the crease after dodging the ball at Cameron Green’s bowling alley. Australian goalkeeper Alex Carey reacted quickly and dislodged the bails.
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Rishi Sunak and Anthony Albanese’s response to the firing of Jonny Bairstow
Earlier, Rishi Sunak responded to Jonny Bairstow’s sacking, saying they did not want to win the match as Australia.
“I just wouldn’t want to win a game the way Australia did. The Prime Minister agrees with Ben Stokes. He said he just wouldn’t want to win a game the way Australia did. Sunak tweeted.
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Anthony Albanese endorsed Pat Cummins and said he was proud of the team’s performances in the current series.
“I am proud of our men’s and women’s cricket teams, who have won their first two #Ashes matches against England. Same old Aussies, always winning! Australia is just behind @ahealy77, @patcummins30 and their teams and looks forward to welcoming them home victorious.” He concluded.
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