Alex Carey's fresh swipe at Jonny Bairstow as rare BBL dismissal stuns cricket fans

The Adelaide Strikers wicketkeeper was at the centre of the biggest drama in last year's Ashes series.

Alex Carey's stumping brought back memories of the infamous Jonny Bairstow Ashes incident. Pic: Seven
Alex Carey's stumping brought back memories of the infamous Jonny Bairstow Ashes incident. Pic: Seven

Alex Carey has risked the wrath of English cricket fans all over again after a pointed reference to last year's infamous Ashes stumping of Jonny Bairstow, during Adelaide's Big Bash win on Tuesday night. Carey's Strikers scored a vital five-wicket win over the Hobart Hurricanes that keeps them in touch with the top four.

Carey hit 36 runs (off 26 balls), picked up two catches and a stumping in an impressive showing but it was his dismissal of Hurricanes star Nikhil Chaudhary - and subsequent reference to the Ashes controversy - that grabbed most of the headlines. Chaudhary was dismissed for a rare diamond duck, despite actually facing a ball.

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Usually the incredibly rare dismissal is reserved for batters being run out at the non-striker's end without facing a ball. However, Adelaide spinner Cam Boyce's delivery that ultimately removed Chaudhary was a wide that Carey expertly took in his gloves before whipping off the bails.

As the ball was called a wide, Chaudhary technically didn't face a ball, with replays showing the batter's foot was only on the crease and not behind it, constituting the stumping. Carey was mic'd up for Seven's coverage and couldn't help but make a sly reference to the Bairstow incident when asked about his dismissal.

“Always happy to get a stumping ... however it comes. Up to the stumps or back,” he said on Seven. Viewers couldn't help but agree that Carey's comment was a cheeky new shot at Bairstow, who was the victim of the wicketkeeper's quick-thinking behind the stumps during the second Ashes Test at Lord's.

Strikers chase down Hurricanes total

Adelaide's win came after Hurricanes opener Ben McDermott made a brilliant 95 not out to help the visitors set a target of 166 for victory. Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, it didn't prove to be enough as the Strikers chased down the target with just four balls to spare thanks in large part to captain Matt Short and Chris Lynn.

"It's huge ... obviously the boys are starting to believe now," Adelaide spinner Cameron Boyce told Seven. "Another couple of big games for us but hopefully we get those two wins and we will be on the roll ... bring on finals if we can make it.

"We didn't really nail things early on in the tournament, which is disappointing and put us in this position that we're in ... we just need to keep believing and keep surging on."

Seen here, Adelaide Strikers batter Matt Short.
Matt Short top-scored for Adelaide in the Strikers' win over Hobart Hurricanes. Pic: Getty

The Hurricanes slumped to 5-35 inside seven overs, before recovering to set a respectable target. The Strikers got off to a flying start in response and blasted 57 off their first four powerplay overs to set up the win.

Short (45 off 32) smashed two sixes in the first over to set the tone, continuing the stunning form that has him leading the competition for runs scored. By the time he, D'Arcy Short (28 of nine) and Lynn (37 off 26) departed the Strikers were 3-109, leaving Carey to guide them home with his crucial late cameo.

with AAP

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