A number of Aussie cricket greats have taken aim at Jonny Bairstow after the England wicketkeeper reignited the debate after taking a dig over his infamous Ashes dismissal. Alex Carey's dismissal of Bairstow during the Ashes was the talking point of the whole series as tensions erupted between the bitter rivals.
Bairstow walked out of his crease before the umpire had called the ball dead with Carey reacting immediately after catching the ball and throwing it at the stumps. Bairstow unwittingly walked out of his crease and was run out in a move that caused division.
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The Englishman has stayed relatively silent over the international sporting furore, despite Ben Stokes taking a dig at the Aussies for accepting the dismissal. Pat Cummins fired back after the furore with plenty of former players agreeing the wicket was clearly within the rules.
And after a few months, Bairstow's has opened up about the incident in a book - written by cricket writers Nick Hoult and Lawrence Booth – titled Bazball: The inside story of a Test Cricket Revolution.
"If you start in your crease, and not trying to take a run, and you finish in your crease (then it's a dead ball). If you try to gain an advantage, then it’s fair game. But if you’re starting in your crease, you’ve ducked, tap, tap, scratched. I’ve even dragged my bat, looked up, and then gone," he said shared in an excerpt on the UK Telegraph.
Bairstow then took a dig at Australia being fine with this form of dismissal. "I don’t think you want that filtering down into kids’ cricket. Look at the Mankads and everything like that. You want young kids to be out there batting and having fun, not thinking about whether the fielders might do this or that," it read.
The wicketkeeper's comments have certainly raised eyebrows. After England's uproar, footage emerged of Bairstow pulling a controversial stumping of his own. And former Australian captain Tim Paine reacted to an ABC video on Platform X with the video resurfacing of Bairstow's controversial act in a County game.
Aussie cricket great Damien Martyn also took to social media to question why Bairstow is still talking about the drama of the Ashes. It was pointed out that Bairstow was involved in his own controversial dismissal, but has overlooked it himself when taking aim at the Aussies.
— Damien Martyn🏏 (@damienmartyn) October 24, 2023
Bairstow is such a hypocrite, or he just has a selective memory.
He did a similar thing in a county game & then tried to run out @davidwarner31 in the previous test in the Ashes.
This quote is truly embarrassing. pic.twitter.com/PeQAXZaB41
— The Oracle (@BigOtrivia) October 23, 2023
Trent Copeland calls out Jonny Bairstow for Ashes drama
Former Australian fast-bowler Trent Copeland also weighed-in on the drama. “Clearly you haven’t moved on because you are still talking about it,” Copeland said on SEN Radio. “The simple facts are these. Stay in your crease, mate, and stop blaming other people for it."
Copeland added that the criticism since the incident has impacted Carey and that Bairstow should move on from the incident. “Get off your high horse, no one is perfect and Alex Carey has been ridiculed, shamed and questioned over his character by this," Copeland added.
“It’s not fair that Jonny Bairstow should say this is how you should play the game. He is not the arbiter of all that is good and fair. Play the game and get on it with it.
“It’s happened, now get over it.”
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