Cricket is a funny sport so much so that Australia doesn’t mind cheering on their arch-rivals England in the fourth and final Test against India. While England themselves have bid goodbye to the World Test Championship (WTC) after the 10-wicket loss in the extraordinary third Test, their victory in the ongoing clash at the Narendra Modi Stadium will ensure Australia get a pass to the finals against New Zealand, knocking India out of the running. However, Aussie cricketer David Warner has no plans on backing England, even if it comes at a price of losing their spot in the much-awaited finals.
“No, I won’t be barracking for England," Warner was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia. “It’d be ideal for us to make the world Test championship final. If that happens, it’s a great result for us." On the other hand, Australia coach Andrew McDonald, has a different take on this.
“Bit of self-interest there, isn’t it, for us following England for the first time in a long time," McDonald told reporters in Wellington on Tuesday. “We’ll be hoping that they can do the job there."
“We wish (England) well, see what unfolds. It’s out of our hands but we’ll be watching on with interest."
So is Australia supporting England or not?
Jumping into the contrasting takes and bandwagon is the International Cricket Council (ICC), who, in a cheeky post, shared a meme that sums up the quandary that the Aussie camp is facing at the moment. The meme posted by the governing body came around the period when India were losing wickets on Friday.
The meme takes inspiration from Kathryn Hahn’s role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s WandaVision— a show that has been the talk of the town in the past few days.
Desis responded to ICC’s take with more Hahn memes.
Me ♂️— ICC (@ICC) March 5, 2021
(With agency inputs)