According to the Agence France-Presse (AFP), London is the subject of discussion. The British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, directed a verbal remark toward Australia’s cricketers following the Lord’s Ashes match. However, he made it clear that he had no intention of escalating the situation to the level of a diplomatic incident similar to the Bodyline controversy.
According to a spokesperson for Sunak, it was stated to reporters that the dismissal of Jonny Bairstow, which sparked controversy, deviated from the expected conduct in the game.
According to the spokesman, the prime minister concurs with Ben Stokes, the England captain, who expressed his reluctance to achieve victory like Australia’s.
However, Sunak, an avid cricket enthusiast who observed the match alongside Prince William from the Lord’s pavilion on Saturday, expressed his disapproval of the derogatory treatment towards the Australians by members of the Marylebone Cricket Club in the Long Room.
According to the spokesman, it is believed that the swift action taken by the MCC to suspend any members accused of poor behavior was justified.
Sunak’s perspective is that the standing ovation bestowed upon Australia’s spinner, Nathan Lyon, by MCC members as he entered the field to bat on Saturday aligns more closely with the principles and values of the game.
However, Sunak does not plan to formally protest to Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, thus avoiding a repetition of the significant diplomatic tensions caused by England’s “Bodyline” strategies during the 1932-33 Ashes series in Australia.
According to the spokesperson, although a “friendly rivalry” exists between the two leaders regarding sports, Sunak does not consider cricket a primary diplomatic concern.
The game presented an occasion to witness Ben Stokes performing at his peak, resulting in an excellent Test match. Following Stokes’ impressive score of 155, the individual expressed optimism that England will recover and perform well at Headingley.