FINALLY, an English pair that can play cricket.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge played a game of cricket in Christchurch on Monday to help publicise next year’s World Cup.
And unlike their compatriots, who were whitewashed 5-0 during this summer’s Ashes series, William and Kate showed an aptitude for the game.
“Be nice,” Prince William told participating school children as he took up the bat.
The royal couple were joined by New Zealand cricket legend Sir Richard Hadlee at the event in Christchurch.
Christchurch will host the opening ceremony of the World Cup on April 14 at Hagley Oval.
“She’s a hockey player,” Hadlee said of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge — the former Kate Middleton. “There was a bit of a hockey grip there.”
And what of William’s technique?
“It’s not a very wide pitch, there was no warm-up, and he bowled with a jacket on,” Hadlee added. “I was impressed.”
Jimmy Anderson, take note.
The royal couple will meet Glenn McGrath, Ellyse Perry and Michael Kasprowicz at a World Cup event at the Sydney Opera House.
“Like many other sports, cricket has the ability to bring communities together regardless of a person’s background,” said World Cup chief executive John Harnden. “It is a privilege to have the royal couple helping to celebrate the diversity in cricket and in communities across Australia and New Zealand. At the ICC Cricket World Cup in February and March next year we want the communities of all those teams playing to celebrate their culture and traditions as well as the game of cricket.”