Backyard cricket is a much-favoured pastime among Australians at this time of the year. The rules vary considerably depending on the idiosyncrasies of the playing field and the obstacles presented.
And now the prime minister has revealed the house rules at his Sydney residence.
Malcolm Turnbull this week ushered in the new year by hosting the Australian and the visiting Pakistan Test cricket teams at Kirribilli.
While welcoming the teams, Turnbull set off on a tangent in his speech to set out the rules for cricket in the Kirribilli House gardens. So if you’re ever fortunate enough to be invited for a game of cricket with the PM and his million-dollar views of Sydney Harbour, then remember these edicts:
- “Hits into the harbour are automatic outs and the batsman has to retrieve the ball,” said Turnbull, while suggesting that those retrieving balls from the water do so swiftly. “I can assure there is plenty of sharks in the harbour.”
- Rebounds off Kirribilli House are out if caught with one hand.
- Any batsman hitting Kirribilli House must donate half the match payment to the National Trust.
- Balls hit over the fence are “six and out”. The prime minister warned: “Our neighbour the governor general, general Sir Peter Cosgrove, is a decorated soldier and an expert in shot selection!”
Australia and Pakistan face off in the third and final Test starting at the Sydney Cricket Ground today. Australia has already won the series after a remarkable Melbourne Test that saw Pakistan collapse on the final day.
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