The Aussies just can’t help it….today in a compelling test at Lords, they pull a controversial run out. Bairstow was run out by the keeper when he was clearly going to check the pitch or talk to his partner. Presented with the technical question Marais had to give him out.
To me this is covered in the same spirit as over backing up….technically out but it’s not enforced unless it’s chronic. Worse really because there was clearly no attempt to score runs.
Following that Broad was subjected to a dangerous head hunting episode by Australia’s fast bowlers, especially the captain and hit sickeningly several times.
It takes a lot for the long room at Lords to boo a visiting team, but the Aussies were boo’ed and members of the team got into disputes with patrons who were clearly livid, but behaved poorly.
Following the disgraceful ball tampering episode just a few years back one would have thought some effort to curb the ugly Aussie culture would have taken place. But the Aussies couldn’t have been more gleeful if Cummins had got a hat trick…the sneakiness of it all was just fine with them….better even.