Tension between Australia and England won't be resolved anytime soon after David Warner's teammates have revealed how the opener stirred the pot with the old enemy at lunch moments after the controversial Jonny Bairstow dismissal in the Ashes. Arguably the most talked about Ashes moment in recent memory was Bairstow's stumping at Lord's at the hands of Alex Carey.
The dismissal divided fans with many claiming the ball should have been deemed dead when Carey caught the delivery, which meant the Aussies had breached the 'Spirit of Cricket'. However, footage showed Carey acted instantly to catch the aloof batter out of his crease and many former players defended the action.
Tension was high after the dismissal with a number of the Australian cricket players, including Usman Khawaja, targeted by members in the Long Room. However, more than a month after Australia retained the Ashes in a 2-2 draw, members of the Aussie cricket team have discussed the awkward moments moments after.
As per tradition at the famous cricket ground, the teams sit down for lunch after walking through the Long Room. And in a Channel 7 interview, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja have talked about the tension in the air.
Labuschagne said Bairstow was absolutely furious after the incident and called out the Aussies. "Jonny was steaming. Absolutely steaming. He walked into the lunch room and didn't have lunch," Labuschagne said, while trying to contain his laughter.
"The Sky crew knew Jonny was in there and they just replayed it on the screen. As you do, everyone's watching. Obviously seeing us all, he goes: 'Are you guys happy with that'. And David Warner's spitting out his chicken and goes, 'Yeah very'. The only word said."
Marsh claimed he could see a few of the English players share a laugh amid the tension, while Khawaja said a few were enjoying the battle. "I walked out with a couple of the English boys and they were giggling. He still hasn't eaten anything. He sat the whole time," Khawaja said.
"I finished up and left and Jonny hadn't touched anything." The latest interview of the Aussie players sharing a laugh over the incident will surely only act to fire up English fans. After the Ashes, Carey doubled down on the stumping and claimed he would have done it again.
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Former England star hits out at Jonny Bairstow controversy
There was plenty of back-and-forth from the two countries after the dismissal, which helped Australia take a 2-0 lead in the series. However, Mark Butcher, who played 71 Test matches for England, was scathing in his assessment.
He said the complaints about the spirit of the game meant very little, as it was up to Bairstow to ensure that the ball was dead before leaving his crease, pushing back at suggestions from Stokes that he would have withdrawn the appeal if he was faced with the same situation.
"I don’t think they can say that because they weren’t in that situation,” Butcher said. “They cannot possibly know how they would have reacted in that situation. They can’t. “Everyone can say I’d go back into the burning building to save the bloke next door. You can say that, but whether you’d actually do it, you don’t know. “Unless you are actually in that situation, you have no idea what you would have done.
"Cummins’ interview at the end of it was more interesting for me because I think he was being completely genuine."
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