Apr 152014
 

Australia’s bowling legend McGrath and women all-rounder Ellyse Perry will meet the Royals in a special event at the Sydney Opera House

McGrath, Perry to meet Prince William and Kate Middleton (© AFP)

Sydney: Australian cricket legend Glenn McGrath and woman all-rounder Ellyse Perry will meet Prince William and Kate Middleton on Wednesday in a special event at the Sydney Opera House here when the 2015 ICC World Cup and participating nations will be showcased.

The event will highlight the diversity of cricket as the royal couple will be greeted by children from the 14 participating nations and presented special indigenously painted cricket bats along with a baby 'baggy green' for their son Prince George.

Three-time World Cup champion McGrath and the youngest Australian to play international cricket Perry will be joined by 2015 ICC World Cup chief executive John Harnden and Cricket Australia (CA) director Michael Kasprowicz to meet the royal couple.

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Apr 142014
 
Kate Middles-one and the Duke of yorker

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plays and misses a ball from Prince William, Duke of Cam

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plays and misses a ball from Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, while batting during a game of cricket during the countdown to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. Source: Joseph Johnson / Getty Images

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.

Different strokes. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plays a Prince William delivery with

Different strokes. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plays a Prince William delivery with ease. Source: Getty Images

“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.

Duke of yorker. Prince William digs one out.

Duke of yorker. Prince William digs one out. Source: Getty Images

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.”

That is out. Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, fails with a Billy Bowden impersonation

That is out. Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, fails with a Billy Bowden impersonation. Source: AFP

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