'The laws state it’s out, can't have too many arguments about that side of it' - Ollie Robinson on Jonny Bairstow's controversial dismissal
"Jonny wasn’t attempting a run, he wasn’t trying to get any advantage, but they’d obviously seen something and I’ve read a few comments that they’d seen him do it a few balls before," Robinson noted.
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Ollie Robinson has opened up on Jonny Bairstow's controversial stumping in the second Ashes Test at Lord's, which has been the biggest talking point in the cricketing fraternity. For the unversed, the England wicketkeeper was stumped on Day 5 of the second Ashes Test off the bowling of Cameron Green after ducking a bouncer and subsequently leaving the crease immediately. Alex Carey realised the opportunity and hit the stumps with an underarm throw to catch the batter short of his crease.
Many deemed that the dismissal was against the 'spirit of the game' while others pointed that it was completely within the laws of the game. England pacer Robinson is of the same view and noted it is hard to argue against something that is within the laws of the game.
"That’s not the way that we want to play, or the way that we want to win games of cricket. But at the same time, laws are there to be played to and the fact that the laws state it’s out, I don’t think you can have too many arguments about that side of it," he wrote in his column for Wisden.com. "Jonny wasn’t attempting a run, he wasn’t trying to get any advantage, but they’d obviously seen something and I’ve read a few comments that they’d seen him do it a few balls before."
Ollie Robinson's decent returns in Ashes 2023
England might have been on the wrong end in the two Tests, but Robinson has been taking wickets on a consistent basis. The 29-year-old has picked up 10 wickets at an average of 24.60 In the two Tests so far. Meanwhile, the hosts are trailing 0-2 and will have to win all three remaining Tests to regain the coveted Ashes urn. The third Test of the five-match series begins on July 6 at Headingley in Leeds.