England might have lost the second consecutive Test match against Australia, trailing in the five-match Ashes series 2-0, but Jonny Bairstow’s controversial run-out has been in the headlines since the time it happened on the final day of the Lord’s Test. While the run-out saw England crowd booing Australia in one instance, it also saw Aussie openers Usman Khawaja and David Warner get into an altercation with the MCC members in the Lord’s Long Room thereafter.
While things look resolved on that end, in a hilarious turn of events the Victoria Police has thanked the English wicketkeeper-batter Jonny Bairstow for that wicket. The Victoria Police thanked Bairstow after his wicket, relating it with the traffic rules. “We’d like to thank Jonny Bairstow for reminding everyone about the dangers of stepping over the crease before you’re given the green light,” the Victoria Police tweeted.
The British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak also shared his opinions after this wicket, adding that the team wouldn’t want to win a game in such a manner, similar to what Ben Stokes had stated. The spokesperson of the UK PM said, “The prime minister agrees with (England captain) Ben Stokes who said he simply wouldn’t want to win a game in the manner that Australia did.”
Out of the many former cricketers, legendary England opener Sir Geoffrey Boycott has demanded a public apology from the Australia team. “Australia need to think about what they did and make a fulsome public apology. That way it will redress the situation and everyone can then move on,” Boycott wrote in his column for The Telegraph on Monday.