As the much anticipated Ashes 2010 gets underway tomorrow, the England cricket team had the vote of the England Prime Minister, David Cameron.
Cameron is said to have personally called the team in Australia to not only convey his wishes but also, hopes of England returning with the historic Ashes urn, having won it when they won the Ashes 2009.
The British PM also played host as 10, Downing Street when England won the ICC World Twenty20 2010 in the Caribbean and is hoping a similar celebration is on the cards when England return from Australia.
In his message to the England team as revealed by the England and Wales Cricket Board ( ECB ), David Cameron is quoted as saying:
I want to take this opportunity to wish you, the England cricket team, the very best of luck as you prepare to go into battle Down Under to retain the Ashes.
Over the past five years you’ve given this country, and me, some of our greatest sporting memories: the two-run victory at Edgbaston, winning the Ashes at the Oval in 2005, bowling out the Aussies on the final day at the Oval to win the Ashes again in 2009.
I hope you can now go and do what no England team has done for over two decades – go to Australia and retain the urn. The whole country is behind you.
As for me, because of the time difference it’s sometimes difficult to watch the action live, but with a new baby in the house who’s up at all hours, it will be much easier.
There is a great deal of anticipation about this particular Ashes with many insisting that England will do it this time, beating Australia in Australia in virtually two decades after beating them twice at home in 2005 and 2009.
This is one vote the England team will cherish before they take the field tomorrow.