Tom Elliott’s message to Pat Cummins
Tom Elliott has a word of warning for Pat Cummins, should the star bowler be appointed Australia’s next Test cricket captain.
He’s no stranger to sharing his political views, particularly on the issue of climate change.
“He is entitled to his views, but if I was Pat Cummins, I’d be focused on winning The Ashes,” the 3AW Drive host said on Thursday.
“Sportspeople think that because they’re good at sport, we should listen to them on other issues.
“And yet the reality is that most of the time we should not.
“What they are good at is playing their chosen sport and usually, with a few rare exceptions, that’s about it.
“And, let’s be honest, if you are an international cricketer getting paid hundreds of thousands – if not millions – to play in India and all sorts of different countries, your carbon footprint is far higher than the average person.
“Cricketers fly around in first class and business class and generate a lot more pollution than the average person because their job, playing professional cricket, requires them to be in all corners of the globe.
“I don’t see how, on one hand, you can earn money flying all around the world at the drop of a hat you can lecture other people about climate change.”
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But Professor David Rowe, Emeritus Professor of Cultural Research at the Institute of Cultural and Society University of Western Sydney, said politics and sport were always going to be linked in some form.
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