Cricket: Australian papers make fun of England's food demands in run-up to Ashes

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's newspapers teased England mercilessly today over their "fussy" dietary demands for the Ashes tour after an 82-page document was leaked to the media.

Among the 194 dishes and drinks obtained by the newspapers are "piri-piri breaded tofu with tomato salsa", a "quinoa and cranberry breakfast bar", "mungbean curry with spinach" and "pistachio and ginger biscotti".

In the build-up to the Nov 21 first Test in Brisbane, and in the absence of any play in England's rain-hit tour match in Hobart, Australia's press had a field day.

"If you thought your three-year-old was fussy, check out the English cricket team's 82-page list of dietary demands for the upcoming Ashes series," said The Daily Telegraph.

The Sydney Morning Herald said of the England team: "Cuisine: Modern pretentious. Price: Exorbitant. Loss of dignity. Whine: Constantly".

The Herald noted the requests for trendy "superfood" ingredients, such as kale and agave syrup while the Telegraph added acerbically: "Gone are the days of simple egg sandwiches, tea and coffee."