WATCH: Marnus Labuschagne gets under Jonny Bairstow’s skin by dragging bat inside crease to avoid stump out like the Englishman
He reminded the English wicketkeeper-batter of his own dismissal by looking at him as he had the ball in his hands.
Jonny Bairstow, Marnus Labuschagne (Images via Getty)
Australia batter Marnus Labushchagne tried to avoid stump out by English wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow during Day 1 of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval in London. Doing so, Labuschagne cheekily reminded Bairstow about his dismissal during the last day of the second Test at Lord’s.
At the Lord’s, Bairstow left the crease even before the umpire declared the ball as ‘dead’. Seizing the opportunity, Aussie keeper Alex Carey, who had collected the ball after Bairstow ducked a bouncer off pacer Cameron Green, threw it at the stumps, leaving Bairstow and the English team and fans in utmost bewilderment. This created controversy, sparking the famous ‘spirit of cricket’ debate.
In the last Test, Labushagne left the last delivery of Day 1 by Stuart Broad and teased Bairstow by keeping his bat inside the crease for a bit longer. He reminded the English wicketkeeper-batter of his own dismissal by looking at him as he had the ball in his hands.
Bairstow tried to laugh off but according to cricket reporter Bharat Sundaresan, veteran pacer James Anderson seemed to have told Labuchagne they don’t do such things. “Marnus kept dragging his bat within the crease while looking at Jonny Bairstow who had the ball in his hands. Anderson seemed to suggest, “We don’t do that”, as they crossed paths,” wrote Sunderesan on Twitter.
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Marnus Labuschagne to open on Day 2
Talking about the fifth Ashes Test, England added 283 runs after they were asked to bat first. Harry Brook top scored with 85 runs from 91 balls.
Australia started their run chase and they scored 61 runs with the wicket of David Warner. Marnus Labuschage and Usman Khawaja will open Day 2. Notably, Australia have already retained the Ashes urn and they are eying a series victory here since their last win in 2001.
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