Last 48 years hours has seen the entire cricketing world get divided with their opinions. The reason for the division in opinion is because of everything that happened in the 2nd Innings of the Lords test. Everyone has had their say, while many saw red after the way Bairstow was dismissed. There are many who are completely siding with the Australian side for their mode of dismissal. The situation has become so heated that even Prime Minister of UK has had his say on the issue with the newspapers from both the nations jumping into the fray.
Harsha Bhogle calls out the hypocrisy on Twitter –
Noted Indian commentator, Harsha Bhogle, is known for his fortright views. Bhogle, recently took to Twitter and slammed everyone for playing the spirit of cricket card. While taking to Twitter, the commentator called out the hypocrisy shown in the debate of Laws of the Game versus Spirit of The game.
Bhogle wrote “A childhood friend of mine, a professor in the US has, I think, got it absolutely right on this Bairstow issue. “I figured it out!!!! I cracked the Hypocrisy code. You have to invoke the ‘Laws’ of Cricket when the decision is ‘IN your favour’
You have to invoke the ‘Spirit’ of Cricket when the decision is ‘NOT in your favour'”
A childhood friend of mine, a professor in the US has, I think, got it absolutely right on this Bairstow issue:— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 4, 2023
"I figured it out!!!! I cracked the Hypocrisy code
You have to invoke the 'Laws' of Cricket when the decision is 'IN your favour'
You have to invoke the 'Spirit' of…
The controversy refuses to die down –
Australia managed to win the 2nd test at Lords by 43 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the 5 match series. The entire English crowd showed their displeasure by booing the Australian team. Even 3 MCC members were suspended for their row with Australian openers Usman Khawaja and David Warner. The situation got so heated that the security and umpires had to step into calm and separate the players and the members.
What next for the two teams?
Australia and England square of again in the 3rd test starting this Thursday. Australia head into the Leeds test holding a 2-0 lead. The last time the two teams met at the same ground current England skipper Ben Stokes led them to a 1 wicket win. If Australia manages to win the test match, they will not only win the series, but also win the Ashes in England for the first time in 22 years. Last time any Australian team won the Ashes in England was in 2001 under Steve Waugh when Australia won by 4-1 margin.