Aussie cricket fans have savaged Pat Cummins after his abysmal performance in his side’s crushing loss to New Zealand in their opening T20 World Cup game in Sydney.
Fans were quick to mock ‘Captain Woke’ on social media after Australia lost by 89 runs at the SCG on Saturday night with Cummins recording horror bowling figures.
‘Crossword clue got me ‘stumped’ here. 10 letters. Clue: Woke w*****r who used to play cricket,’ one riled-up fan wrote on Twitter.
Fans turned on Cummins after it was revealed this week he raised concerns about major sponsors Alinta Energy and refused to feature in their promotional material.
Despite the power giant being the team’s biggest backer since 2018, Cummins has refused to participate in any future TV adverts due their climate record which he raised with CEO Nick Hockley before it was announced their $40million sponsorship agreement would only be renewed for another year.
‘Australian cricket is not what it used to be. First the treatment of (Justin Langer) and now with Alinta Energy. Can’t wait for Pat to give his $1.34 million back earned from the IPL – what a hypocrite,’ said another.
Viewers said Cummins, who drives a fossil-fuelled Range Rover and flies first class around the world, but sees himself as a climate warrior was a classic case of ‘going woke and going broke’.
Pat Cummins (pictured at the SCG on Saturday night) was the worst bowler on the Australian with fans quick to blame his dismal bowling figures for his off-field activism
One fan called Cummins ‘Captain Woke’ as they levelled a job at his bowling performance
‘Go woke, you choke,’ said one cricket fan after the star bowler bowled 0/46 in four overs
‘0/42… well done Pat, glad Alinta is the biggest worry for the Australian cricket caption,’ another frustrated fan tweeted.
One commenter went as far to call the Australian T20 team the ‘Manly Sea Eagles of the cricket world’ alluding to a half-hearted inclusion attempt by the NRL club which led to much anguish for both the club and the LGBTQ+ community.
‘(The loss) serves them right (to be honest). I’m sick of whinging sportspeople taking the dollars and then bagging the sponsors. Can’t stand Pat Cummins,’ wrote one riled-up fan on social media.
The Test captain was slammed for his decision to go to Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley with ‘ethical objections’ about Alinta Energy’s climate impact.
‘More so than ever before you’re seeing players’ personalities and interests and passions shine through and have a bit more of a say than maybe in the past,’ Cummins boasted on Tuesday.
Alinta received a dismal 2 out of 5 stars in this year’s Green Electricity Guide, due to their plan to burn coal to 2047, the local environmental harm they cause and their ranking as Australia’s 7th biggest polluter.
‘I think the most obvious, front-of-mind things you can see is who we partner with. So I hope that when we think of who we want to align with, who we want to invite into being part of cricket, I hope climate is a real priority,’ Cummins said.
Cummins’ comments are in stark contrast to his high-flying carbon-emitting lifestyle which includes flying first class and driving luxury vehicles known for their environmental damage.
The poster boy of Australian cricket once uploaded a picture of himself in first-class travel despite a 2013 World Bank study finding the carbon footprint of first-class air passengers was up to seven times bigger than those in economy.
Cummins has also been photographed driving a Range Rover which the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy listed in 2020 as one of the 12 environmentally ‘meanest’ rides on the road due to its carbon emissions.
The Penrith pacemen previously launched his ‘Cricket for Climate’ initiative which puts solar panels on local cricket club roofs in February of this year.
Australia suffered a brutal defeat with visiting New Zealanders hitting 200 runs on the SCG in their first game of the men’s T20 World Cup (above)
Another questioned the Test captain’s priorities after Australia lost to New Zealand by 89 runs
2GB breakfast host Ben Fordham weighed into the saga, saying sport and politics don’t mix.
He suggested Cummins stick to being a world-class bowler instead of telling Cricket Australia’s marketing department how to do its job.
‘The idea that the national captain is personally lobbying for his boss to cancel a $40 million sponsorship deal is just absolutely crazy,’ Fordham told listeners.
One Nation NSW leader Mark Latham pointed Cummins featured in an Alinta Energy TV advertising campaign for their call centres, where he answered a phone call while doing yoga.
‘Wasn’t Pat Cummins in the Alinta Energy advertising campaign?’ he captioned the ad.
Cummins (pictured in December 2021) has been photographed driving a Range Rover, regarded as one of the world’s most carbon polluting SUVs
Australia’s leading fast bowler has previously been pictured enjoying the perks of flying first class and here testing the business class beds on a Qantas A380
The fast bowler was the second highest scorer (21) in Australia’s disastrous innings (111) on Saturday but was costly with the ball in hand, allowing the New Zealanders to hit 46 runs from his four overs.
Australia fell 89 runs short of New Zealand’s 3-200 after Black Caps opener Devon Conway smashed 92no from 58 balls, as no Australian bowler was spared in the assault.
The Test and newly-appointed ODI captain finished with 0/46 with the ball and the worst economy (11.5) of Australia’s bowlers.
The early loss means Australia will have to play top class matches to hold onto any hope of retaining the trophy.
Earlier on Saturday, mining company Hancock Prospecting revealed they would withdraw their support for the Diamonds national netball team.
Ms Rinehart’s company sponsored the team to the tune of $15million, but pulled out when the team raised concerns about the team.
The move comes after the team expressed concerns over the environmental impact of the mining company and comments made about First Nations people by Ms Rinehart’s father Lang Hancock in the 1980s.