Howzat for an an­swer

Joel Mad­den finds him­self on a sticky wicket talk­ing cricket

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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.

7.30pm, Go!.

Thurs­day,

Aus­tralia v South Africa: Fri­day to Tues­day, from noon, Nine, NBN.

Nine, NBN.

Coming in 2013,

Joel Mad­den and brother Benji.

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