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.
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.”