‘We can bowl underarm and do mankading if…’: Pat Cummins On Bairstow Controversial Run Out

Australia finds itself on the brink of a historic Ashes victory on English soil for the first time since 2001. The visitors secured a nail-biting 43-run win over England in the second Test on Sunday, July 2, propelling them within striking distance of reclaiming the coveted urn. However, their celebrations were overshadowed by a controversial dismissal that has stirred up a whirlwind of criticism from fans and experts alike.

The pivotal moment came when England’s Jonny Bairstow, along with Ben Stokes, appeared to be guiding the home team towards a potential victory. On the last ball of the 52nd over, wicketkeeper Alex Carey executed a lightning-quick stumping that caught Bairstow off-guard as he stepped out of the crease, assuming the play was dead.

The Australian team’s decision to enforce the stumping received heavy backlash, drawing comparisons to the contentious act of “mankading” and even evoking memories of the infamous underarm delivery incident in 1981, where an Australian bowler resorted to questionable tactics to prevent New Zealand from winning a match.

The English press didn’t hold back, condemning the Australian team’s actions and questioning their sportsmanship. Some went as far as to liken the stumping incident to past acts of gamesmanship that have tarnished cricket’s spirit of fair play.

The criticism reached such a magnitude that during a press conference, Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins was asked if we might witness similar controversial tactics, such as underarm bowling or mankading, in the ongoing series. Cummins, in a lighthearted manner, quipped, “We may consider resorting to such measures depending on the nature of the wicket.”

Despite the heated discussions surrounding Bairstow’s dismissal, the focus now shifts to the upcoming third Test at Leeds, where England and Australia will renew their battle for cricket supremacy on July 6. England, eager to bounce back and keep their Ashes hopes alive, will be determined to level the series. Australia, on the other hand, will be buoyed by their recent success and the tantalizing prospect of ending their two-decade-long drought of winning an Ashes series on English soil.

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As anticipation builds for the next encounter, cricket enthusiasts around the world eagerly await the unfolding drama that will shape the destiny of the Ashes urn. The rivalry between these two cricketing powerhouses has been reignited, and the stage is set for another enthralling chapter in the history of the Ashes series.

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