Anthony Albanese hosts the world’s most exclusive game of backyard cricket as proud dad


  •  PM hosts Aussie and Pakistani players and families
  •  Families played backyard cricket at Kirribilli
  •  Third Test against Pakistan starts on Wednesday

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese hosted players and families of the Australian and Pakistani Test teams – and there was time for the player’s children to play some backyard cricket at his luxurious Sydney home.

Both sides and their families visited the PM’s Kirribilli residence overlooking Sydney Harbour on Monday night, ahead of the third Test at the SCG starting Wednesday.

Skippers Pat Cummins and Shan Masood posed for photos and exchanged gifts with Mr Albanese, who said it was a great honour to host them and their teams.

‘Our Australian men’s players have spoken of the warm reception they received in their most recent tour of Pakistan in 2022, so Jodie and I are thrilled to play a part in reciprocating this hospitality,’ Mr Albanese said.

‘This year’s annual event is extra special, as we also acknowledge the success of our men’s and women’s cricketers, who have both won World Cup titles in the last 12 months as well as retained the Ashes.’

Albanese hosted players from the Australian and Pakistani Test teams - and their families - for a star-studded game of backyard cricket on Monday

Albanese hosted players from the Australian and Pakistani Test teams – and their families – for a star-studded game of backyard cricket on Monday

David Warner (second from left) watched on with Shaheen Afridi (left) as his daughter Indi sent down a few deliveries

David Warner (second from left) watched on with Shaheen Afridi (left) as his daughter Indi sent down a few deliveries

Some of the cricketers’ children played a very scenic game of backyard cricket while players including David Warner and Shaheen Afridi looked on.

Warner later posted a photo of his daughter Indi to social media with the caption:  ‘Indi getting tips @ishaheenafridi10’ (Shaheen Afridi).

With Australia leading the series 2-0, the hosts have already secured the Benaud-Qadir Trophy.

However, Wednesday’s Pink Test will be a chance for the teams to advance their standing in the ICC World Test Championship.

Started by former test bowler Glenn McGrath in 2009 to honour his late wife Jane, the Pink Test series has raised over $22 million to help fund breast cancer support services.

McGrath, who also attended the prime minister’s event, thanked the public for getting behind the initiative.

‘We’re looking forward to another great Pink Test and thank both the Australian and Pakistan teams for uniting in pink as we work towards our goal of reaching 250 McGrath Breast Care Nurses this year,’ he said.

Cricket Australia Chair and former premier of NSW, Mike Baird said Sydney’s Pink Test demonstrated the best of the Australian spirit.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, his partner Jodie Haydon (third from left) and Federal Sports Minister Anika Wells (second from left) posed for a photo with the Warner family

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, his partner Jodie Haydon (third from left) and Federal Sports Minister Anika Wells (second from left) posed for a photo with the Warner family

‘The public’s support for the Pink Test continues to go from strength to strength and it’s very special that this iconic Test Match makes a real difference to the lives of families experiencing breast cancer around Australia,’ he said.



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