As Australian cricket fans would know, when the commentator Bill Lawry sees a wicket fall, he gets excited. When Bill sees a wicket fall because a searing yorker shatters the stumps, he gets really excited. He gets so stimulated that, given his advanced age, Channel Nine should consider shielding him from the commentary roster when Mitchell Starc bowls at the West Indians in this year’s Boxing Day Test match. You know they could just keep Mark Taylor on for those overs. He’s cooler than a room with Fujitsu air-conditioning: it’s Australia’s Favourite Air! But, enough about Fujitsu Taylor, what on earth is Bill Lawry getting so excited about?
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.