Almanac Cricket: Bairstow’s brain fade causes English uproar




On Day 5 of the Lord’s Test, the Australians somehow managed to turn the home of cricket into one of the most hostile environments we have seen in the history of cricket.

It was at no fault of their own. Alex Carey only did what many wicketkeepers in cricket do in having a shot at the stumps.  And because of that, sadly this Test match will most likely be infamously remembered for the stumping of Jonny Bairstow.

Due to Bairstow’s brain fade, many are going to forget about the fabulous cricket that was put on display throughout the five days.  Fans were able to witness another masterful Lord’s hundred from Steve Smith, whose innings was compiled with great poise and flair.  Ben Stokes’ gutsy second innings knock of 155 will hopefully be cherished by English cricket fans. However, this may not be the case.

The sheer outrage displayed by the home fans after Bairstow’s dismissal was distasteful, especially from the MCC.  These are individuals who have privileged access to be so up close with some of the world’s best cricketers.  Yet some from the MCC Long Room abused such an entitlement by finding the need to slander the Australians as they walked back into their changing rooms.  To put it lightly, it was a horrible look.

The close result at Edgbaston added even more to the Ashes rivalry which goes back to 1882.  Though now, I think the rivalry extends further than just the two cricket teams.  The post-match backlash between the two countries and their fans through the media has only made the Ashes rivalry more fierce and competitive.

As it looked as though Stokes was going to will his county over the line, the energy that the English crowd provided post the Bairstow dismissal was deafening.  So it’s a credit to the Australians for holding their nerve and not letting the sour taste of Headingley 2019, when Ben Stokes went all the way, come back to haunt them.

Until the next Test, all there is to do is debate what transpired on the final day.

And it must be said that this sport can be complex to comprehend when weighing up the rules of the game with the spirit of the game.  But in the case of Bairstow, he should know that strolling out of the crease as he did so carelessly warrants an action as to what Carey produced.  It’s a dismissal that doesn’t look the greatest, however, the ruthlessness from the Australians is more than understandable.

This is the Ashes, both teams should do anything within the rules of the game that ultimately helps them gain a competitive advantage.  As Pat Cummins sat down to do his post-match press conference, it was only fitting that he had a bit of bruising under his right eye.  It’s almost as though his black eye symbolises what the two teams have done to one another, going blow for blow.

Although Australia is currently 2-0 up, you just get the feeling that the home side isn’t ready to surrender just yet.



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  1. Still completely mystified of the criticism of Alex Carey – staggering incompetence by Bairstow great game awareness by the aussies and perfectly executed by Kez – ironically the major criticism previously of Alex is he is considered to be to nice for his own good and selfless – superb team man

  2. KobeJacobs_ says

    It’s an interesting one isn’t it Rulebook?

    Carey is cleary liked by most in the game of cricket, you’re right. It’s weird seeing one of the more beloved getting thrashed by the English crowd. I hope he can push on and really finish of this Ashes tour strongly.

    Thank you for the comment.

  3. Michael Viljoen says

    As someone who has umpired a fair bit at square leg, I’ve spent hours watching batsmen’s feet. And I know how keenly the wicket-keepers too are watching them, and will throw towards the stumps at the slightest inkling that that the batsmen’s feet are wandering or off balance. In that sense, Carey is to be commended for being instinctive and alert. He did well to throw the ball when he did.

    However, on review, it’s clear why Bairstow left his ground, on belief that the sixth and final ball of the over was complete. In live commentary, Ricky Ponting pointed out that Bairstow was out stumped, not run-out (as he wasn’t attempting a run, a principle which defines the difference between a run-out and a stumping.)

    Chris Broad was next man in. He informed Carey, ‘That’s all you’ll ever be remembered for. That,’ While Bairstow was muddled, and Carey was cunning, it was not necessary for Aussie team to uphold the appeal. If I was a wicket-keeper, it’s not what I would want to be remembered for, (running out a guy that wasn’t attempting to run.)

  4. KobeJacobs_ says

    All very points Michael.

    It’s a dismissal that is going to be remembered for a very long time and probably not for the right reasons. Having said that, what Carey did is something I have found to be very common in local cricket here in Victoria. I’m not so sure if it is as common over in England.

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