Former Australia gloveman Brad Haddin has weighed in on the moment that has split the cricket world – Jonny Bairstow’s dismissal on day five of the second Test at Lord’s.
Bairstow was out stumped to Aussie allrounder Cameron Green after a sharp piece of glovework by Alex Carey, who hit the Englishman’s stumps as he left his crease while the ball was still alive.
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The dismissal was reviewed and approved by third umpire Marais Erasmus, despite queries from non-striker and England captain Ben Stokes if the umpires had called “over” and the ball was dead.
The on-field umpires agreed the ball was still alive and Bairstow was on his way for 10, which sparked a chorus of boos and calls of ‘cheats’ from the Lord’s crowd.
It also triggered Ben Stokes, who went berserk clubbing sixes into the stands on his way to another Test match century.
The hostility towards the visitors did not die down by lunch, as the MCC members in the Pavilion’s Long Room heckled the Australians, with Usman Khawaja confronting several members about their behaviour.