10 Jun 2009

British press have field day after Australia's exit

12:05 pm on 10 June 2009

So rarely do the British press get an opportunity to mock Australian cricketers that newspapers went into overdrive after the team's shock Twenty20 World Cup exit.

Sri Lanka and the West Indies beat Australia within three days to dump Ricky Ponting's side out of the tournament, prompting a press barrage.

"What do you call an Aussie at the Twenty20? A spectator," the Daily Mirror, said while its headline read: "Edna Average".

The Sun wrote: "Even Ireland make the Super 8s but Ricky's boys crash out as Wallybies".

The Age in Melbourne chipped in with stern words after the second defeat at Trent Bridge, saying this was not what the Australian brains trust had in mind when they plotted to add some Twenty20 silverware to the cabinet that holds the last three 50-over World Cups.