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‘England just didn’t like it’: Legendary umpire Simon Taufel passes verdict on Jonny Bairstow’s controversial dismissal

While Bairstow’s dismissal in the 2nd Ashes Test has still kept social media buzzing, legendary umpire Simon Taufel has shared his thoughts on the subject.

The second Ashes Test at Lord’s, which Australia won by 43 runs to go 2-0 up in the five-match series, witnessed a few moments, which overshadowed the intense competition the two sides produced. Instead, there was a lot of heated discussion over the “spirit of cricket” on social media, with Jonny Bairstow’s dismissal in the second innings being the most popular subject.

Although Alex Carey, the Australia wicketkeeper, correctly dismissed Bairstow for 10, the England team believed it lacked sportsmanship. Ben Stokes of England remarked that he would not have wanted to win a Test match in such a way as captain before adding that he would have dropped the run-out plea.

England coach Brendon McCullum also echoed similar views and said the he cannot imagine the two sides “having beer together any time soon.”

Legendary umpire Simon Taufel passes verdict on Jonny Bairstow'

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While the moment is still buzzing not only among England cricket fans but also on social media, legendary umpire Simon Taufel has shared his thoughts on the subject. As per Taufel the decision by the third umpire to rule Bairstow out is absolutely correct but not liked by England, which one can arguably say was also the turning point of the match.

Speaking to ABC Sydney Mornings, Simon Taufel noted: “Correct decision made. They (England) just didn’t like it. For that ball to be considered dead after the over or even after the delivery, both sides need to disregard it is in play. Clearly, the fielding side hadn’t.”

If we take a look at what exactly happened, Taufel’s views stand justified. Bairstow, who after ducking a short ball by Cameron Green, casually strolled to the other end while the ball was still in play. Alex Carey, who collected the ball, showed great game sense, as appreciated by many including Ravichandran Ashwin, took a hit at the stumps and knocked it, following the Aussies went for the appeal.

The moment left Bairstow stunned, who assumed the ball to be dead, and had to take the long walk back to the pavilion, which he obviously didn’t like.

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