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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese beats NSW Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet in a cricket match

Anthony Albanese has taken to the lawn of Kirribilli House for a bit of backyard cricket – finally reversing the trend of Australian Prime Ministers embarrassing themselves with bats or ball in hand.

Mr Albanese attended Fitzy and Wippa’s Backyard Cricket Game at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Kirribilli, in the shadow of the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

Hosted by Nova radio hosts Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald, a former AFL star, and Michael Wipfli, the game featured two star-studded teams captained by the hosts.

The Prime Minister led one team with Fitzgerald, while NSW Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet led the other alongside Wipfli.

Mr Albanese has found himself yet another terrible player in a long line of Australian Prime Ministers who can’t bowl, can’t bowl; as the late Shane Warne would say.

In a pre-match interview, the prime minister seemed to hint that he would be following in the footsteps of his predecessors.

“Let me say that as a cricketer I’m a good politician,” Mr Albanese said in an interview with Nova’s Fitzy and Wippa.

He needn’t have worried. The Prime Minister once smashed Mr Perrottet out of the park with all the tenacity of Aussis star David Warner – and no doubt he would have been happy to do the ‘six and out’.

Mr. Albanese was even better with the ball in his hands, with a robotic action that approximated the universally accepted proper technique of fast bowling – with strong results.

He has finally restored the reputation of the proud office of Prime Minister – which unfortunately has a history of producing shocking cricketers.

Bob Hawke was famously punched in the face and shattered his glasses while playing (without a helmet) as Prime Minister. John Howard’s bowling in cricket-mad India was so bad he almost banged his foot on several occasions.

And when Scott Morrison got his chance in 2019, he was wheeled into Sydney Harbor so hard he risked burning a hole through the Opera House windows.

It’s a skill that’s even leaked down to the Prime Minister’s “first dog,” Toto.

Mr Albanese said in an Instagram Story ahead of the start of the game that he was confident she would be the “man of the match” “because she’s very good at chasing balls”.

He had to stop play once when the ecstatic Cavoodle couldn’t help but sprint onto the field as the ball was bowled.

Also attending the match were celebrities such as Lynne McGranger, Beau Ryan, Conrad Sewell, Richard Wilkins, Ben Fordham and Karl Stefanovic.

Australian cricketers Stella Campbell, Nathan Lyon and Brett Lee did their best to improve the level of play.

It wasn’t just a hit and a giggle either. $15,000 was raised for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Sydney.

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