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Pat Cummins reveals role in Jonny Bairstow’s controversial dismissal at Lord’s


In a recently aired documentary, Australia Test captain Pat Cummins shed some light on one of the most talked about dismissals from the 2021 Ashes series between England and Australia. In the documentary ‘The Test’, Cummins admits encouraging wicketkeeper Alex Carey to effect a stumping against Jonny Bairstow during the third Test at Lord’s.

According to Cummins, Bairstow had stepped out of his crease while ducking under a bouncer from fast bowler Cameron Green. Seeing this, Cummins signalled to Carey to be ready for a throw at the stumps if Bairstow ventured out again. His words to Carey were “Just have a throw.” On the next ball, as Bairstow left his crease again, Carey confidently whipped the bails off to catch the English batsman short of his ground.

The dismissal proved incredibly controversial with England fans vehemently questioning whether Bairstow was indeed out of his crease when Carey completed the stumping. Carey faced immense backlash and abuse from crowds in the aftermath, greatly affecting his mental state. His Australian teammates have expressed sympathies for how the young wicketkeeper was singled out despite Cummins’ admission of masterminding the plan.

The documentary also shed light on a fiery confrontation between Bairstow and Australian players in the Lord’s pavilion during lunch. Bairstow is said to have voiced his displeasure directly to the opposition, sparking some heated exchanges before calm was restored. The encounter underlines the passionate rivalry between the two sides.

Cummins’ comments provide deeper context around one of the most debated decisions from the previous Ashes. While reigniting debate, it offers appreciation for the pressure faced by on-field officials in high intensity clashes.

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