David Hopps, Courtesy of ESPNcricinfo
Australia’s tougher immigration laws are set to see three English tabloid journalists expelled and unable to cover the death throes of England’s disastrous Ashes tour. John Etheridge from The Sun, one of English cricket journalism’s most experienced operators, has been refused licence to stay, as has Dean Wilson from the Mirror and Paul Newman of the Daily Mail.
Etheridge said that Cricket Australia had tried to negotiate on their behalf but that “all avenues have been exhausted”. All three journalists were travelling on a visa which had been recommended by the Australian visa department.They are the only three members of England’s travelling press pack who had opted to cover the entire tour, including the warm-up matches, and so had gone beyond 90 days. “We had hoped to stay long enough to see England win a match,” Etheridge said. Newman tweeted disconsolately: “Cricket Australia and the ECB have done all they can to help us but I guess, in Australia particularly, rules are rules…”
Seven England players plus members of the support staff will also go beyond 90 days. They are travelling on a different visa. Australia has yet to evict them.
David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo
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JOKES & DITTIES SECTION
A policeman in Sydney, Australia pulled over a driver who had been weaving in and out of the traffic.
He approached the car window and said “Sir I need you to blow into this breathalyzer”.
The man reaches into his pocket and produces a doctor’s note.
On it was written: “This man suffers from chronic asthma. Do not make him perform any action that may leave him short of breath”.
The policeman said “Okay then I need you to come and give a blood sample”
The man produced another letter.
This one said: “This man is a haemophiliac. Please do not cause him to bleed in any way”.
So the officer said: “Right, I need a urine sample then”.
The man produces a third letter from his pocket.
It read: “This man plays Cricket for England, please don’t take the piss out of him”
He put them in the bed of his truck and was about to drive home when he was confronted by an ornery game warden who didn’t like Sri Lankans .The game warden ordered the Sri Lankan to show his hunting license,
and the Sri Lankan pulled out a valid Scottish hunting license.The game warden looked at the license, then reached over and picked
up one of the ducks, sniffed its bottom, and said, “This duck ain’t from Scotland .
This is a Welsh duck. You got a Welsh hunting’ license, lad?” The
Sri Lankan reached into his wallet and produced a Welsh hunting license.The game warden looked at it, then reached over and grabbed the
second duck, sniffed its bottom, and said “This ain’t no Welsh duck. This duck’s from Ireland . You got a Irish license?” The Sri Lankan reached into wallet and produced an Irish hunting license.
The warden then reached over and picked up the third duck, sniffed its bottom, and said, “This ain’t no Irish duck. This here duck’s from England . You got an English huntin’ license?” Again the Sri Lankan reached into his wallet and brought out an English hunting license.
The game warden was extremely frustrated at this point, and he yelled at the Sri Lankan “Just where the hell are you from???!!!”
The Sri Lankan turned around, bent over, dropped his pants, and said,
“You tell me, you’re the expert”.