Monday, 9 September 2019
Statements on Indulgence
Australian Men's Cricket Team
on indulgence—On behalf of, I'm sure, the chamber and all Australians, can I congratulate Tim Paine and Justin Langer on the tremendous result last night. There are a few bleary eyes around here today. Many of us, I'm sure, were watching the game last night. It has been an absolutely tremendous result. I particularly want to pay tribute to Tim Paine. Tim Paine took over the captaincy of the test team at a very difficult time for cricket in Australia, and I think the leadership he's shown to that team was rewarded last night. Can I also acknowledge the absolutely amazing efforts of Steve Smith. Steve Smith is a proud son of the Sutherland District Cricket Club. He joins other notables like Glenn McGrath from the Sutherland District Cricket Club, and all Australians were cheering him on last night. He has answered his critics in the best way that you can in sport: with bat and ball in hand. Well done for bringing home the Ashes, boys.
on indulgence—I join with the Prime Minister in congratulating the Australian Men's Cricket Team, led most ably by Tim Paine and coached most ably by Justin Langer. With Steve Smith back in the team, scoring a fair percentage of the runs, it must be said that Australia has scored. We did miss him in the last test, to say the least, and we wish them well. We look forward to welcoming them back here on Australian shores. Retaining the Ashes overseas is a great effort, and it was a great win at Old Trafford.