'Within the rules of the game and that’s how it is' - Tim Paine mocks Jonny Bairstow with wicketkeeper-batter's old stumping clip

Jonny Bairstow's unusual dismissal in the Lord’s Test has erupted into a huge controversy.

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Tim Paine, former Australian wicketkeeper, has shared an old video of English wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow waiting for a batter to lift his leg to do stumping. The video comes amid the controversy that erupted after the Aussies wicketkeeper Alex Carey hit Bairstow's stumps with an underarm throw as the latter thought it as a dead ball and moved out of the crease. Earlier, Paine stated it is the hypocrisy of the host side as umpires give out within the rules, and England’s side should not use the spirit of the game as a shield. 

After the controversial dismissal in Lord’s Test on Day Five, the whole cricketing world is almost divided with one section in favour of dismissal and another stating that Australia should have withdrawn the appeal. But as drama is unfolding especially after Ben Stokes-led side lost the game, the series will surely be having new controversies ahead in the remaining three games in Ashes 2023.

“Expected from them, to be honest. It's funny cricket. I have heard a few people talk about it last few weeks and everyone is guilty of it in cricket, everyone likes to use the spirit of cricket as a defense when something doesn't go your way," said Paine in his interaction with SEN Breakfast.

"The simple answer is just to play within the laws of the game, isn't it, and let the umpires do their jobs. Pretty predictable. A lot of hypocrisy, that's for sure, coming out of the English," he further added.

Bairstow defends his stumping act in an old video shared by Paine-

In the video shared by Paine, Bairstow in a post-match interview can be seen defending the act done by him. The English player can be heard stating that it is a matter of luck, no gloveman can practice this, and it is within the rules of the game. Amid all verbal spat between both sides off the field, the real action begins on Thursday, July 6 for the third Test at Headingley.

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