REVEALED: Footage of Jonny Bairstow using a similar stumping tactic that resulted in the Aussies being branded ‘cheats’ at Lord’s is circulated on Twitter – but there are two key differences
Two days on from Australia’s dramatic win at Lord’s in the second Ashes Test, the furore surrounding Jonny Bairstow’s controversial dismissal shows no sign of abating.
The tourists took a commanding 2-0 lead in the series with a 43-run win on Sunday, which will be remembered for the bizarre circumstances of Bairstow’s departure.
The England batsman ducked a Cameron Green bouncer that was the last ball of the over, marked his ground and then walked forward to talk to batting partner Ben Stokes.
Australia wicket-keeper Alex Carey seized the opportunity to throw the ball at the stumps and effectively ran Bairstow out – even though it was classified as a stumping.
The incident has reignited the debate between the adhering to the laws of the game and playing in the right spirit.
England batsman Jonny Bairstow (middle) was run out in controversial circumstances on Day 5 of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s
Alex Carey flicked the ball against the stumps after Bairstow walked down the wicket to talk to Ben Stokes at the end of the over
Australian captain Pat Cummins was unrepentant when asked about Bairstow’s dismissal in the post-match press conference, noting the England wicket-keeper had tried the same tactics to dismiss Marnus Labuschagne on Day 3.
And now footage has emerged showing Bairstow dismissing a batsman in the County Championship in controversial circumstances and being praised for it.
A clip tweeted by popular sports media account Jomboy shows Nottinghamshire batter Samit Patel leaving a delivery during a match against Yorkhsire.
Standing behind the stumps, Bairstow removes the bails while Patel has his foot raised in the air, stumping the Nottinghamshire batter.
‘It’s very, very smart from Jonny Bairstow,’ the commentator said.
‘Samit Patel will trudge off, the weight of the world upon his shoulders as though it’s all a terrible conspiracy, but in fact it’s a lousy bit of cricket by him.
‘Just lifting his foot and Bairstow does the rest.
‘A lot of credit to Jonny Bairstow for realising the moment.’
The circumstances, however, are notably different. The delivery wasn’t the final ball of the over and Bairstow was standing up to Patel, as opposed to Carey who was several metres behind the stumps.
A comparison between Bairstow’s attempted dismissal of Labuschagne and Carey’s run out of the England batsman is also difficult.
Footage has emerged showing Bairstow(right) dismissing Samit Patel in the County Championship in controversial circumstances while playing for Yorkshire
Standing behind the stumps, Bairstow removes the bails while Patel has his foot raised in the air, stumping the Nottinghamshire batter
Like Patel, Bairstow was not trying to gain an advantage by walking down the wicket as he believed ball was dead, while Labuschagne looked to take LBW out of the equation by batting outside his crease.
On Monday, Australia coach Andrew McDonald has already warned England that Carey may look to run batsmen out in a similar fashion over the course of the series.
‘There’s no doubt about that,’ he said.
‘You see a run-out opportunity at point, you throw at the bowler’s end.
Australia coach Andrew McDonald has warned England that Australia may look to deploy the controversial method of dismissal again in the series
‘I think [captain Pat Cummins] relayed that there was some conversation around Jonny leaving the crease and Alex Carey took that opportunity – the ball’s still live in our minds.
‘It got sent upstairs and ultimately, the officiating third umpire decides it’s out, it’s within the laws of the game.
‘I don’t see too many issues with it, to be perfectly honest.’
The third Test starts at Headingley on Thursday, with Australia one win away from retaining the Ashes for a fourth consecutive series and winning the famous old urn in England for the first time since 2001.