On Monday, British and Australian top leaders has briefly set aside talks on security, global trade, and environment for a spot of happy crosstalks about cricket after England defeated Australia in dramatic fashion. 

Britain Prime Minister Boris Johnson has met Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Biarritz, a day after England Cricketer Ben Stokes has dragged his nation from the point of defeat to a narrow win. 

Smiles and shaken hands at the start of their meeting, PM Morrison has congratulated Prime Minister Johnson on the result, which levels up this year’s Ashes duel between the oldest international rivals of cricket. 

These series of five matches runs into September. 

On Sunday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meet on the sidelines of the G7 Summit and the two leaders have discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in defence, trade and investment, security, and other important issues. 

Prime Minister’s Office Tweeted: “PM Modi begins by congratulating PM Johnson on England’s spectacular win in the Third Test of the Ashes a short while ago. The two leaders are discussing ways to strengthen India-UK cooperation.”

It is the first meeting between the two top leaders after Boris Johnson became the Prime Minister in July, the third in the quick session since the UK has voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, followed on from David Cameron and Theresa May.

A Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweets, “PM @narendramodi had a good meeting with UK PM @BorisJohnson on margins of #G7 summit. Discussions focused on strengthening our bilateral ties going forward, inter alia, in trade & investment, defence & security, S & T and education sectors.”

PM Johnson replied, “we’re not taking anything for granted.” At first, the UK Prime Minister has heard of the England’s win that was much for the match had seemed almost next to impossible, when PM Modi broke the news on the sidelines of the G7 Summit on Sunday. 

Later, he asked for an iPad and watched the highlights between engagements. PM Morrison has modulated his well-wished to PM Johnson by jokingly says, “Two To Go, Two To Go”, cited the final two matches of the series, which is now tied at 1-1. 

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