England wicketkeeper-batter, Jonny Bairstow has not performed in the series so far with the bat. He scored a half-century in the first Test which was played at Southampton. Bairstow has contributed by providing some of the stumpings in the series. He recently made headlines during the fifth day of the second Test when he was dismissed which sparked the spirit of cricket debate between the current and former cricketers of England and Australia.
When the right-hander turned around and kept his bat on the crease while looking directly at the Australian slip cordon even at the end of an over in the third Test at Headingley, it was clear that Bairstow did not forget his dismissal from the second Test, in which he was stumped by Alex Carey for leaving his crease while the ball was still in play. And on Day 2, Bairstow succeeded in disturbing the Australians once again.
Australia lead by 142 runs after the end of play on Day 2
Steve Smith was the culprit this time around. The incident took place in Australia’s second innings’ 28th over. Smith attempted an unusual flip off a flighted delivery from Moeen Ali, but all it accomplished was a straightforward catch at short mid-wicket. Bairstow seems to have spoken to Smith after Ben Duckett successfully caught the ball before turning to head back to the pavilion.
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The former Australian skipper was not happy with the shot he played, he stopped in his mid-way and asked Bairstow, “What was that mate? Hey?”. Bairstow replied, “I said ‘cheers, see ya later mate’.” Smith is currently playing his 100th Test match for his country. The manner in which Smith reacted after the incident it seemed was sledged with some harsh words by Bairstow but the video showed where the latter was seen saying, “See ya Smudge (nickname of Smith).”
After losing the first two Ashes Test, the Three Lions lock horns with Australia in the third Test of the series which is played at Headingley, in Leeds. After the end of play on Day Two, the game is evenly poised at the moment. Australia while batting for the second time in the Test have lost four wickets and are on lead by 142 runs.