Friday, June 18, 2004
The Prime Minister, well known impersonator of Max Gilles (pictured above) and fawning admirer of the late Don Brademan, after calling Muttiah Muralitharan a chucker, got a right old bollocking in this article by Christian Ryan.
In the first paragraph Ryan manages to use two of Howards obsessions (Ming and cricket) against him;
Sir Robert Menzies, among his many good turns for Australian cricket through the 1950s and 60s, once paid for a young Keith Stackpole to receive legspin coaching from Clarrie Grimmett. John Howard's one and only contribution has been to put paid to any hope of Muttiah Muralitharan touring Australia. Eight of the lamest, laziest, least considered words uttered by any prime minister on any sport – "they proved it in Perth with that thing" – will go down as Howard's cricketing legacy.
Meanwhile Muralitharan has time for his new role as an Ambassador of the United Nations Food Program.