This England veteran faced off against Ben Stokes, he said: the ruckus at the Bairstow wicket is absurd.

The Johnny Bairstow wicket controversy in the Lord’s Test match between England and Australia is not named after him until the end. Players from both countries, as well as the Prime Minister, have gone head to head regarding this. However, in the meantime, a former England player has taken on Ben Stokes.

Former England opener Mark Butcher is surprised by the furor over Jonny Bairstow’s wicket in the second Ashes Test, saying it was a normal wicket and the controversy over it is incomprehensible.

English batsman Bairstow ducked as he grappled with a slower goalkeeper from Australia’s Cameron Green and the ball went to goalkeeper Alex Carey on the final day of the second Ashes Test. Bairstow understood that the ball had become ‘dead’ and went far out of the box. However, Carey, meanwhile, hit the ball on the stumps and then appealed hard. Bairstow was out when he was seen on TV replays and was correct by the rules.

Butcher said on Wisden Cricket’s weekly podcast that it was normal for me. Why didn’t Bairstow make sure he knew where the ball was and where he was before he left the box? He was listening on the radio. No one clearly explained about that. Then I called my father, who told me in detail. I asked him if that means he was out, he said yes.

Australia won this Test played at Lord’s by 43 runs. However, this Test will be remembered more for Johnny Bairstow’s wicket than Australia’s victory. Australia are currently ahead 2-0 in the 2023 Ashes series. In the first Test played at Edgbaston, the away team won by 2 wickets. At the same time, the Kangaroo team won by 43 races at Lord’s.

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