Anthony Albanese in brutal Ashes sledge to UK PM at NATO Summit

The Australian PM couldn't help but take a dig at his UK counterpart.

Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese showing a photo to UK PM Rishi Sunak and Albanese smiling.
Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese (pictured right) took a dig at his English counterpart, Rishi Sunak, showcasing the Ashes score and the Jonny Bairstow moment in their NATO Summit meeting. (Images: @AlboPM/Getty Images)

Australian Prime Minsiter Anthony Albanese has taken a sly dig at England upon meeting UK PM Rishi Sunak after he brought up Jonny Bairstow's controversial moment in the Ashes. Albanese is currently in discussions with his counterparts at the NATO summit this week.

The Australian PM met up with Sunak to discuss the Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement at the summit. However, Albanese wasn't going to let the opportunity slip to take a dig at his English counterpart with the cricket well on its way.

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Pat Cummins' men became the target of the English heading into the third test last week when Australia won the second test amid drama. On day 5, Alex Carey stumped Bairstow when the batter became lackadaisical and wandered out of his crease.

The move divided the cricket world, but Australia took a 2-0 lead in the series with Cummins doubling down on the dismissal and claimed it didn't break the 'Spirit of Cricket'. Albanese weighed-in on the Bairstow dismissal when he claimed the batter needed to 'stay in his crease'.

Unfortunately, Australia couldn't wrap-up the series and lost at Headingley in another thriller. However, it appears Albanese wasn't letting the controversy in an Ashes ambush.

After their meeting, Albanese grabbed his gift bag and produced a sheet of paper that displayed Australia 2 - 1 England. Sunik laughed as he produced a photo of England winning the latest test at Headingley, which kept the series alive.

And in a move to surely fire up the English, Albanese then showed a photo of Bairstow wandering out of his crease. Sunik burst into laughter, maybe at surprise Albanese would raise the controversial incident.

In an equally brutal reply, Sunik said: "Sorry I didn't bring my sandpaper."

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Cricket fans were quick to acknowledge the exchange, which has transcended the Ashes. The Barmy Army posted the moment with many sharing a laugh with the PMs.

After the Headingley test, Aussie captain Cummins remained upbeat about the momentum of the series. He was asked by an English journalist: “As the series heads to Manchester, do you fear maybe momentum has shifted in England’s favour?” The Aussie captain's response was a brutal illustration of the mentality his side will take to Manchester. “Not really, no.”

When asked "why not" by the same reporter, the Aussie captain's answer was simple: “2-1”. The cheeky grin on Cummins' face as he silenced England's new-found confidence said it all. Cummins then explained that "every Test you start from fresh" and denied the loss at Headingley threatened to rock his side's confidence.

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