The 2023 Ashes series in England was drenched in controversy – and now Australian cricket legend Adam Gilchrist has reignited the banter with a very cheeky social media post.
Gilchrist unveiled a new t-shirt on Instagram this week with a customised message guaranteed to irritate England cricket fans.
The shirt displayed the words ‘moral victory’, with the ‘moral’ crossed out and the ‘I’ in victory replaced with an image of the famous Ashes urn.
In the caption of his post, the legendary wicketkeeper-batsman tagged former England skipper Michael Vaughan, telling him ‘your T-shirt is on its way’.
This message is, of course, a response to England’s controversial talk of a ‘moral victory’ during the 2023 Ashes series.
Aussie cricket legend Adam Gilchrist has reignited the Ashes banter with a cheeky social media post
Gilchrist tagged ex-England skipper Michael Vaughan on Instagram, telling him ‘your T-shirt is on its way’
‘We were dominating the game last week, weren’t we?’ England batter Harry Brook infamously remarked following the fourth Test in Manchester.
‘So if the game had played out, I would like to think we would have won that. So if we can win (the fifth Test), it almost can make it a moral victory.’
British television personality Piers Morgan also took to social media after the final Ashes Test, launching a host of barbs including the claim that England won ‘the moral Ashes.’
Gilchrist’s t-shirt riled up plenty of English cricket fans who were seemingly still annoyed about how the series panned out.
‘No one denies Australia deserved to win the Lord’s Test. Maybe you should get a ‘saved by the rain’ T-shirt instead,’ replied one user.
‘Drew the series and would have lost it if rain in Manchester didn’t save you, but sure. Go off,’ wrote another.
Australian cricket players have poked fun at the ‘moral victory’ comment on Seven Cricket’s show The Grade Cricketer.
Mitch Marsh has poked fun at the ‘moral victory’ remark since the series concluded
When asked how hard it was to realise that they had lost the Ashes series morally, Mitch Marsh joked: ‘I think any time you lose an Ashes series 5-0, it’s always tough to take.
‘Them [England] being the greatest side to ever play Test cricket, 5-0 was probably fair.’
Skipper Pat Cummins added: ‘It was a thumping, morally. Yeah, you can’t come back from it.
‘So yeah, it’s something we will work on in the nets, somehow. Take some philosophy books or something.’