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Aussies poke fun at England’s fussy dietary demands

AFP, SYDNEY

Australia’s newspapers yesterday teased the England cricket team over dietary demands for the Ashes tour of Australia.

Both the Fairfax and News Ltd press highlighted the England and Wales Cricket Board’s 82-page list, setting out almost 200 items and rules for when and where they want the food and drinks.

Among the food requested are “Piri-Piri Breaded Tofu with Tomato Salsa,” a “Quinoa and Cranberry Breakfast Bar” and “Mungbean Curry with Spinach.”

“If you thought your three-year-old was fussy, check out the English cricket team’s 82-page list of dietary demands for the upcoming Ashes series,” the Daily Telegraph said.

The Sydney Morning Herald, under a headline “The floppy hat guide to fine dining,” said of the England team: “Cuisine: Modern pretentious. Price: Exorbitant. Loss of dignity. Whine: Constantly.”

The Herald said the ECB has gone to “unprecedented lengths” to ensure dressing-room fare is the match of a top-class restaurant.

There are requests for trendy “superfood” ingredients, such as kale and agave syrup, it said, while the Telegraph added: “Gone are the days of simple egg sandwiches, tea and coffee. Instead the Poms will spend every one of their lunch breaks dining on meals including soups, salads, hot options, finger food, juices and smoothies, with the menu almost completely different for each day of each Test match ... in a list to rival anything on MasterChef.”

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