Keen to avoid the boisterous scenes of 2005, England captain Eoin Morgan quickly put a stop to any lairy behaviour as the team visited the Prime Minister on Monday evening, a report has claimed.
The last time an English cricket team met with the PM, things got a bit out of hand…
After their remarkable success in the 2005 Ashes series, the Test team were invited to 10 Downing Street for a get together with then PM Tony Blair.
To the dismay of the ECB, several regrettable incidents occurred including the captain Michael Vaughan asking the PM’s son, Euan, to acquire them alcohol and swing-bowler Matthew Hoggard personally insulting the PM himself.
A recent report by The Telegraph claims how it was Eoin Morgan who prevented similar scenes from developing this time around.
Members of the team are reported to have begun to sing the popular football chant “Allez, Allez, Allez” whilst in the reception area; a chant that often goes on to contain a swear word.
However, a few choice words from captain Morgan: “Look guys, we’ve got to calm it,” soon suppressed any chance of the celebrations spilling over.
A team source is reported to have told The Telegraph: “It was nothing like in 2005. Everything was in good spirits and it was a fantastic day for English cricket, starting with the children at the Oval and ending at Downing Street.
“There was certainly no danger of any rude words being uttered in that song and Eoin quickly told them to calm it.”
“The reality is at the time [Saturday] he didn’t have a concussion.”
Mixing politics with sport rarely ends well.
James Anderson will play for Lancs second XI as his rehabilitation steps up.
Smith underwent a “precautionary scan” of his neck that thankfully had not revealed any structural damage.
“I think it was important that we bounced back strongly after Edgbaston and I think we’ve certainly done that.”
Jofra Archer has changed the mood if not the scoreline.
Steve Smith out, Marnus Labuschagne in.
Woakes enjoyed Archer v Smith just as much as the rest of us.
The marquee might read England v Australia, but we all know it’s Steve Smith v Jofra Archer
Thankfully, Smith appears to have suffered no lasting damage.