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Joel Madden finds himself on a sticky wicket talking cricket
HE MAY be an honorary Aussie, but Joel Madden has been stumped by the ‘‘gentleman’s game’’. Since Madden became a coach on the hit talent show The Voice, the US music star has embraced Australian culture – and Aussies have embraced him.
The Good Charlotte lead singer, who performed at this year’s NRL grand final, will sing at tonight’s ARIA Awards and has even been nominated for a Logie in the Best New Male Talent category.
However, a gig on Nine’s cricket coverage may be out of the question for the rocker who was left a little puzzled when asked what a ‘‘duck’’ meant.
‘‘It’s, ah, when you duck from the ball so that you don’t get hit?’’ Madden stumbled through his answer on breakfast show Today.
Perhaps Madden will have to pass the ‘‘cricket test’’ if he wants to consider a more permanent move Down Under. The ‘‘cricket test’’ was a phrase coined in 1990 by politician Norman Tebbit about an immigrant’s loyalty to the England cricket team.
Madden would do well to get comfy on the sofa for a couple of days for some intensive exposure to the game.
Australia v South Africa: Friday to Tuesday, from noon, Nine, NBN.
Coming in 2013,
Joel Madden and brother Benji.