Pat delivers reality check to whingeing Poms, praises Aussies’ ‘first class dignity’, braces for hostile reception

Pat Cummins has said he would blame his own batter if an Australian was dismissed in the same fashion as Jonny Bairstow at Lord’s, declaring anyone who has ever played cricket knows the England man was out.

The Bairstow stumping has dominated public discourse in England for the past three days, with the hosts continuing their complaints through the build up to Thursday’s start of the third Ashes Test at Headingley.

It has prompted the biggest diplomatic schism between the two nations on a cricket field since the Bodyline series of the early 1930s, with both prime ministers becoming involved in the war of words.

Cummins and wicketkeeper Alex Carey have borne the brunt of the criticism, with Australia’s captain under attack for not withdrawing his appeal at Lord’s as well as accusations of breaching ‘the spirit of cricket’.

But Cummins is adamant he cannot understand what all the fuss is about, after Bairstow was dismissed after wandering out of his crease.

“Everyone that has played cricket and knows cricket, you just see that as out, end of story,” Cummins said.

“I don’t think there’s any discussion. It’s out.

“A conversation about the spirit of cricket doesn’t even come into a dismissal like that. It was, plain and simple, a stumping.

“If the shoe was on the other foot, I wouldn’t be looking at the opposition, I’d probably be thinking about our own batter and thinking it’s pretty silly.”

The fallout from the Lord’s drama has largely overshadowed the fact England are 2-0 down in the series, with Australia able to win their first Ashes in the country in 22 years with victory at Headingley.

The hosts’ heralded fearless approach has failed in the Ashes, opening the door for Australia in both Tests.

It is not out of the question the hosts are attempting to use the Bairstow stumping to create a sideshow.

“I know what our team does and that’s we concentrate on, ourselves,” Cummins said. 

“When we haven’t been playing up to scratch we look pretty deeply at what we are doing and try to make amends. 

“We don’t apportion blame to conditions, or opposition, or anything else going on. 

“I’ve got no idea (if England are deliberately deflecting attention) but I’m really proud of how our boys have conducted themselves on this tour, especially on that day five. 

“The way they maintained respect for the opposition, the umpires, the crowd. Their dignity was first class.”

Australia are bracing for blowback from England fans at Headingley, with investigations continuing into the abuse the team received during lunch at Lord’s on Sunday.

Pat Cummins of Australia and Alex Carey of Australia celebrates the wicket of Jonny Bairstow of England during Day Five of the LV= Insurance Ashes 2nd Test match between England and Australia at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 02, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Image

Pat Cummins of Australia and Alex Carey of Australia celebrate the wicket of Jonny Bairstow. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Image

The Leeds ground is renowned for being the most aggressive in the country even in normal circumstances, with England’s Joe Root on Tuesday calling for supporters to remain positive.

Cummins doubts Root’s plea will have much effect.

“I’m expecting the crowd to be pretty hostile but that’d be the case no matter what happened,” Australia’s captain said. 

“People pay for their tickets. They can turn up, and whilst I hope I would never go to a sporting event and try to abuse players, some people do. 

“I’m sure it’ll be a pretty fiery week from the crowd, but we’re on the field. The crowd really doesn’t affect what we’re trying to do.”


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