England cricket has been on a roll in 2019 even though things are chaotic for the British on the political front. The UK recently saw a change in its political leadership over the Brexit conundrum although on the 22 yards, the England cricketers have not let their fans down.
Recently, the Three Lions won the World Cup in the 50-over format for the first time while on Sunday, they came back from nowhere in the third Ashes Test to win it by a solitary wicket and level the series 1-1. On both occasions, the explosive all-rounder by the name of Ben Stokes produced magic.
However, even as England managed to stun Australia at Leeds despite getting all out for 67 in the first innings, new UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was not aware of the same. And guess who informed him about the moment of pride? His Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. Johnson, along with Modi and some other frontline world leaders are currently in Biarrtiz in France to attend the G7 summit.
Although India is not a member of the G7 which comprises the world’s developed nations, yet Modi was personally invited by French President Emmanuel Macron to attend it. The Ministry of External Affairs said it was not only a reflection of the two leaders’ personal chemistry but also the recognition of India as a major economic power.
UK and Australia leaders talk cricket at G7 summit
Coming back to Narendra Modi reporting Johnson on cricket, the former broke the news of England’s win during a meeting on Sunday and the latter watched the highlights later on an iPad between engagements. Johnson also met Australian PM Scott Morrison on the sidelines of the summit in the resort town in France after Stokes single-handedly took his country to glory.
The leaders even set aside their talks briefly on issues like global trade, security and environment on Monday to have light talks on cricket, India Today cited agencies as saying. Morrison even congratulated Johnson over England’s win but also jokingly reminded him that two more games were to be played to decide the eventual winners.
Both England and Australia have 32 points each at the moment after a win and a draw each as this series is part of the World Test Championship. The two teams also met twice in the recently held ICC World Cup with England toppling the five-time Champions in the semi-final.
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