Rishi Sunak and Anthony Albanese
Rishi Sunak and Anthony Albanese (Image Credits: Twitter)

United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese were involved in funny banter regarding the ongoing Ashes series between the two nations when they met on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Lithuania on Tuesday, July 11.

Australia is currently leading 2-1 in the Ashes 2023 series. The Ben Stokes-led team bounced back to win the third Test after two losses in the first two games. The two teams will face each other at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester starting on Wednesday, July 19.

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In a video shared by Albanese on Twitter, two leaders engaged in friendly banter. Albanese presented a paper stating that Australia is leading 2-1 in the best-of-five Test series. On the other hand, Sunak showed a picture of England batters Mark Wood and Chris Woakes celebrating after the victory in Headingley.

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“I caught up with Prime Minister @RishiSunak to discuss progress with AUKUS, technology transfer and economic challenges, as well as the Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement,” Albanese tweeted.

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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 lighthearted response, Sunak jokingly referred to the infamous “Sandpaper Gate” 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 batter left the crease after ducking the ball in Cameron Green’s bowling. Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey reacted quickly and dislodged the bails.

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Rishi Sunak And Anthony Albanese’s Response To Jonny Bairstow’s Dismissal

Earlier, Rishi Sunak responded to Jonny Bairstow’s dismissal and said that they didn’t want to win the match like Australia.

“Simply wouldn’t want to win a game in the manner Australia did. The prime minister agrees with Ben Stokes. He said he simply wouldn’t want to win a game in the manner Australia did,” Sunak tweeted.

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Anthony Albanese backed Pat Cummins and said that he was proud of the team’s performances in the ongoing series.

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“I’m proud of our men’s and women’s cricket teams, who have both won their opening two #Ashes matches against England. Same old Aussies – always winning! Australia is right behind @ahealy77, @patcummins30, and their teams and look forward to welcoming them home victorious,” he concluded.

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