As I have written in a previous article, Australian Prime Ministers and cricket have combined to form a complex relationship. As a prevalent strand in the fabric of Australian culture, engaging with cricket is necessary for political survival. Otherwise, they run the danger of appearing out of touch with the electorate. In this article, we will cover some new developments and expand our coverage to Prime Ministers outside of Australia.
Having read a thought-provoking article on A Different Kind of Hunger on the similarities between Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Pietersen, I thought I’d take a look at the curious relationship that Australian Prime Ministers usually have with the sport of cricket. Modern politicians are expected to appear as if they are “in touch” with the sensibilities of the electorate and hence, they assume that a feigned interest in sport is vital to their re-election prospects. However, for quite a number of Australian Prime Ministers, cricket matches are not merely neat photo opportunities but have been lifelong sources of entertainment. Here we go over the cricketing highlights provided by some of Australia’s premier politicians of recent times.