The Prime Minister of New Zealand has fallen on his sword, resigning from the top-job, just hours after the Black Caps’ disastrous loss to Australia in the first one day international at the SCG.

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John Key made the announcement early this morning, admitting “the buck stops with me” after New Zealand’s embarrassing 68 run loss under lights in Sydney.

With the Kiwis now trailing 1-0 to the Australians in the Chappell-Hadlee series, Mr Key says he was “left with no option but to resign.”

“It was a decision I would rather have not made, but after last night’s disastrous performance by our one-day team, I really had no choice,” Mr Key told a gathering of reporters in Wellington.

“It is time for me to make way for fresh leadership which can hopefully re-invigotate our national 50-over cricket side.”

Mr Key has been the Prime Minister of New Zealand since 2008, overseeing year-after-year of Bledisloe Cup victories and Gold Medals for the Silver Ferns netball team.

“Politics is about pragmatism, and after suffering such a humiliating loss, it is in the best interest of New Zealand that I accept responsibility for what has happened.”

Both Australian and New Zealand political insiders have expressed disbelief at Key carrying the can for a loss which, when fully examined, had very little to do with it at all.

“It’s a massive overreaction,” one long-time Kiwi politics correspondent told Broken News.  “I mean if Australia changed Prime Minister every time you guys lost at a sport, you’d be changing Prime Ministers every six months or so.”

Indeed.

 

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