England must do better! Cricketers receive scathing assessment from Prince Charles!
England's stuttering cricket stars have received an unexpected show of support in their attempts to remain No 1 Test side in the world – from the Prince of Wales.
Prince Charles met former umpire Dickie Bird while on a visit to the Yorkshire town of Barnsley on Tuesday where the two chatted about the current series with Pakistan – which England are losing 1-0.
Bird was humbled to meet the heir to the throne and revealed details of their brief discussion, he said: 'He said to me 'I'd like to see England do a lot better in this Test series'.
Howzat! Bird and Prince Charles share a joke during the statue unveiling in Barnsley on Tuesday
'I said “I would as well”.'
Charles met Bird at the statue which was erected in the middle of Barnsley in 2009 to honour the former Test umpire.
The bronze figure features the umpire's classic pose – arm arching forward, finger aloft, giving an unfortunate batsman out.
Humbled: Bird was delighted the Prince of Wales made time to attend the event in Yorkshire
Bird continued: 'The heir to the throne in my own town is just marvellous. It’s a really special occasion for Barnsley. Barnsley deserves it because there are nice people in Barnsley.
‘I never left the town. I was born and bred in the town and they are wonderful, wonderful people. It’s been a great pleasure for me to meet the Prince again.'
England resume the series in the United Arab Emirates at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium where they trail Pakistan 1-0 following the 10-wicket drubbing they suffered in the Dubai opener.
Famous pose: Bird stood in 66 Tests as umpire