May 13, 2007

Jiminy! Cricket!

From BBC Sport | Cricket: Aussies pull out of Zimbabwe tour
Australian Prime Minister John Howard has ordered the country's cricket team to pull out of a scheduled tour of Zimbabwe in September...

Mr Howard has long been a critic of Mr Mugabe's government but this was his strongest condemnation yet, says the BBC's Nick Bryant in Sydney.
Not the cricket! For the love of God, NOT THE CRICKET!! John Howard, you are ruthless, even in your diplomatic sanctions.

"We don't do this lightly," explained PM Howard. "But how else can we get through to the wicket regime in Zimbabwe? I'm stumped."

Robert Mugabe is reported to have been bowled over by the Australian announcement. "This really puts us out," said the dictator. "But we're not going to run, let's leave it at bat."

Diplomats on both sides were hopeful that once the affair had blown over, improved relations between the two countries would rise from The Ashes.

Ugh, you know you've been living in England too long when you start doing cricket gags. This move to the States can't happen soon enough...

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