Ben Stokes: I wouldn’t want to win a game in that manner

Jonny Bairstow England
Jonny Bairstow.

Australia beat England by 43 runs on day five of the second Ashes series Test at Lord’s in London on Sunday.

England responded with 325 and 327 all out to Australia’s 416 and 279 all out.

Batsman Steven Smith was named Player of the Match for hitting 110 in Australia’s first innings and 34 in the second.

Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey controversially ran out England batsman Jonny Bairstow on day five. Bairstow left the crease after avoiding a short ball. Carey’s direct-hit yielded an appeal from Australia – and Bairstow was given out.

What Ben Stokes said about Jonny Bairstow run-out

“When is it justified that the umpires have called over? Is the on-field umpires making movement, is that signifying over? I’m not sure. Jonny was in his crease then out of his crease. I am not disputing the fact it is out because it is out,” said Stokes after the match.

“If the shoe was on the other foot I would have put more pressure on the umpires and asked whether they had called over and had a deep think about the whole spirit of the game and would I want to do something like that. For Australia it was the match-winning moment. Would I want to win a game in that manner? The answer for me is no.”

Pat Cummins on Alex Carey’s choice

Australian captain Pat Cummins noted Carey’s attempt to run out Bairstow was premeditated.

“I think Carey saw it happen a few balls previously, three or four balls previously, and there’s no pause, catch it, straightaway and throw at the stumps,” said Cummins.

“I thought it was totally fair play. That’s how the rule is. Some people might disagree. That’s how I saw it.”

Ashes series context

The result afforded Australia a two-nil lead in the five-match series. The visitors had won the series opener at Edgbaston in Birmingham, too.

The third Test will start at Headingley in Leeds on Thursday. Old Trafford in Manchester and The Oval in London will host the fourth and fifth Test, respectively.

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