Member for Riverina Michael McCormack drops 'sitter' while leading Australian XI to Parliamentary Ashes draw

IN THE OUTER: Riverina MP Michael McCormack fires one back into the keeper during the Parliamentary Ashes game in Bowral on Tuesday. Photo: Emily Bennett
IN THE OUTER: Riverina MP Michael McCormack fires one back into the keeper during the Parliamentary Ashes game in Bowral on Tuesday. Photo: Emily Bennett

Member for Riverina Michael McCormack has taken a sporting turn in 2018, leading the Australia Parliamentary Ashes XI against an England XI on the hallowed turf of Bradman Oval in Bowral on Tuesday, January 2.

The England side notched 6-215 from their allotted 35 overs, however, the game was cut short due to rainfall, allowing the Australian side to retain the Ashes after a second rain-affected draw.

Mr McCormack was lucky to escape further sporting scrutiny after dropping a catch off LNP senator Matthew Canavan but shared his pleasure with retaining the Ashes on social media

“Parliamentary Ashes retained at Bowral's Bradman Oval after another unfortunate washout in the 2nd match of the series,” he tweeted.

“Lords & Commons made 6-215 with rain preventing Australia's run chase - a shame after we received a pep talk from cricket tragic, ex-PM John Howard.”

Both Australia and England are members of the Council for Inter Parliamentary Sport.