Jonny Bairstow scored 16 in the first innings and 10 in the second at Lord’s
Alex Carey, the Australian wicketkeeper, has defended his controversial stumping of England’s Jonny Bairstow, stating that he would not hesitate to do the same against another player.
During the last day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s, Carey threw the ball at the stumps after Bairstow stepped out of his crease, believing the over had ended.
England, which eventually lost the match by 43 runs, putting them 2-0 down in the series, came back strong in the third Test at Headingley.
Carey affirmed his actions, saying, “If the chance came again, I certainly wouldn’t shy away.”
Reflecting on the fallout, he added, “The amount of debate it’s sparked has been somewhat unexpected. There’s been harsh words thrown around, but that’s par for the course in the Ashes. We had plenty of that even before this incident.”
Stuart Broad, England’s bowler, described Bairstow’s dismissal as the “most appalling thing I’ve seen on a cricket field”. Ben Stokes, the captain, expressed his reluctance to win a match in such a fashion.
Bairstow had scored 10 runs when he avoided a bouncer from Cameron Green, marked the crease with his foot, and then ambled towards the non-striker’s end without giving Carey a glance.
On this, Carey noted, “We were keyed in to the bouncer strategy, and it felt like Jonny was equally aware as he made an effort to dodge; he wasn’t attempting any shots. Once he ducked, he instinctively stepped out of his crease, so I grabbed the ball, hit the stumps, and well, the rest is history.”
Following Bairstow’s dismissal, Broad confronted Carey at the crease, telling him that this action would define his legacy. This left England in a challenging spot, needing another 178 runs with just four wickets remaining to chase down a formidable 371.
Following the lunch break, Australian players Usman Khawaja and David Warner were confronted by members of Lord’s in the Long Room, prompting an apology from the Marylebone Cricket Club and the suspension of three members.
The Australian team, particularly their captain Pat Cummins, faced constant boos from the audience for the rest of the match.
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak voiced his belief that Australia had violated the spirit of cricket, prompting Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to retort, advising Sunak to “stay in your crease”.
Despite a spectacular innings of 155 runs from Stokes, Australia managed to bowl England out for 327, securing victory before tea.
Following a thrilling victory in the third Test, England now needs to win the last two Tests, with the next one beginning at Emirates Old Trafford on Wednesday, to prevent Australia from retaining the Ashes.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Alex Carey Bairstow Stumping
Who is the wicketkeeper who stumped Jonny Bairstow during the Ashes Test at Lord’s?
Alex Carey, the wicketkeeper from Australia, stumped Jonny Bairstow during the second Ashes Test at Lord’s.
What did Alex Carey do that was controversial?
Alex Carey threw the ball at the stumps and stumped Jonny Bairstow when Bairstow left his crease thinking the over had ended. This action was seen as controversial.
What was the reaction to Carey’s stumping of Bairstow?
The incident led to a heated debate with harsh words being exchanged. Stuart Broad, an English bowler, described the dismissal as the most appalling thing he had seen on a cricket field.
What was the final result of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s?
England lost the second Ashes Test at Lord’s by 43 runs.
Despite the controversy, would Alex Carey repeat his actions?
Yes, Alex Carey stated that if given the opportunity, he would repeat his stumping of Bairstow or another player.