McCullum hits out at Australia over Bairstow stumping


Brendon McCullum has indicated England might skip post-series beers with Australia, amid the fallout from the controversial stumping of Jonny Bairstow at Lord’s.

It got here as McCullum was accused of hypocrisy in his criticism of Bairstow’s stumping.

It remained the primary speaking level out of one other thrilling Check on Monday, with Australia holding on to assert a 43-run victory and 2-0 collection lead.

England was left shocked when Bairstow walked out of his crease after ducking a Cameron Inexperienced ball, just for Alex Carey to underarm the ball on the wicket and have him stumped.

The transfer drew prompt condemnation from the Lord’s crowd, with boos and chats of “usual Aussies, at all times dishonest”.

Later, the Australian gamers have been confronted with comparable abuse as they walked by the Lengthy Room at Lord’s. They’ve additionally claimed some followers tried to journey gamers.

Usman Khawaja and David Warner stopped to confront members, earlier than being ushered away.

“Among the stuff that was popping out of the members’ mouths was actually disappointing and I wasn’t simply going to face by and cop it,” Khawaja mentioned afterwards.

“I simply talked to a couple of them, a couple of of them [were] throwing out some fairly massive allegations and I simply referred to as them up on it they usually saved going.”

The MCC mentioned it had suspended three members because it continued to analyze.

McCullum’s shock runouts

England captain Ben Stokes claimed after the match he would have withdrawn the attraction had he been in Australia’s sneakers, reasoning that Bairstow had thought the ball was lifeless and it was over.

Australia argues the choice to name Bairstow out lay with the umpires, and Bairstow left his crease earlier than over was referred to as.

England coach McCullum took Stokes’ complaints one step additional after play, when describing relations between the 2 groups.

“I can’t think about we’ll be having a beer with them any time quickly,” he advised the BBC.

“We’ve three Checks to land some blows and attempt to win the Ashes. That’s the place our focus shall be.”

McCullum additionally indicated he would have ensured England withdrew the attraction, whereas attacking Australia’s sportsmanship.

“I used to be fortunate sufficient to play for an extended time period and also you be taught over an extended interval that the sport and the spirit of the sport is so very important to this nice sport,” he mentioned.

“It’s one factor we’ve received that different sports activities perhaps don’t have, and to uphold that’s such an necessary a part of it.

“In the long run you’ve received to dwell with the selections you make, and that’s life.

“However I really feel from our perspective, if we have been in the identical scenario, we’d’ve made a special determination.”

McCullum’s feedback are more likely to increase eyebrows in Australia’s camp, after he twice ran gamers out by his New Zealand Check profession as batsmen have been celebrating milestones.

The Bairstow wicket left England 5-193 in pursuit of 371 for victory, earlier than a counter-attacking 155 from Stokes allowed England to get 327 earlier than they have been bowled out in pursuit of 371.

Stuart Broad, who changed Bairstow on the wicket was caught on a pitch mic telling Carey “that’s the worst factor I’ve ever seen in cricket” and “that’s all you’ll be remembered for”.

Australia’s captain Pat Cummins remained adamant there was nothing mistaken with Bairstow’s dismissal, and pointed in the direction of comparable actions from the English participant to roll the ball at stumps after gloving it throughout the match.

“You see Jonny do it on a regular basis, he did it day one to [David] Warner, he did it in 2019 to Steve [Smith], it’s a very frequent factor for keepers to do,” Cummins mentioned.

– with AAP