English batsman Jonny Bairstow’s wicket was uniquely taken by Alex Carey on the 5th day of the 2nd Ashes Test. In this England versus Australia match, Carey took benefit of one recurring habit of Bairstow and took his wicket effortlessly.
However, some considered this way of taking wickets unfair and un-gentlemanly. On the other hand, some praised and applauded the smart and quick action of Carey.
On the 5th day of the Ashes Test, English batsman Jonny Bairstow was on strike while Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey was behind the stumps. In one instance Cameron Green threw a bouncer at Bairstow.
While Bairstow ducked and avoided the bouncer, Carey caught the ball behind the stumps. As soon as the ball was in Carey’s hands, Bairstow left his place and started walking towards Ben Stokes.
Carey saw the right opportunity and instantly threw the ball toward the stumps. Carey took the wicket of Bairstow as the ball hit the stumps as the bails fell. The team Australia was full of joy and praised the smartness and presence of mind of Carey.
However, the umpire was confused about the decision. Hence, the decision was passed to the TV umpire. After analyzing the moment, TV umpire Marais Erasmus announced that the wicket was fairly taken and Bairstow was out.
Snaps prove that Bairstow has the habit
After the incredulous wicket of Bairstow, the television also telecasted certain snaps of previous matches which showed that leaving the crease early was Bairstow’s recurring habit.
It was quite clear that Carey must have noticed this habit of the batsman and was waiting for the right opportunity to take Bairstow’s wicket. When the opportunity presented itself, Carey was quick to seize it.
Even though by the rules of the game, Bairstow’s wicket was taken fairly, many cricketers and fans considered it unfair and un-gentlemanly. They stated that Bairstow thought the ball was dead and hence left the crease. However, some also praised the observation and alertness of Carey on the internet.