Ashes 2023: England suffered a 43-run defeat against Australia in the second Ashes Test despite English captain Ben Stokes hitting a fine 155. On the fifth day of the match, when England batsman Jonny Bairstow came out of the crease after leaving the ball, he was dismissed by Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey.
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The market of discussions on Bairstow’s wicket is hot. The veterans and fans of Australia and England are making statements against each other regarding this. Many experts believe that Australian captain Pat Cummins should have withdrawn the appeal due to sportsmanship. Although Ricky Ponting has expressed a different opinion on this and has supported the Australian captain.
There was no need to withdraw the appeal – Ponting
Acknowledging that Australian captain Pat Cummins made the right decision in not withdrawing the appeal, Ponting told the Daily Mail that – “I just thought it would be a test for Pat. I didn’t think he would have to withdraw the appeal, that’s for sure. Johnny did the wrong thing and had to pay for it by losing his wicket in the Ashes Test. It’s very simple. Bairstow’s dismissal proved to be a turning point as Australia eventually won the Test by 43 runs.
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Australia countered England’s attack well
Sharing his thoughts on how Australia have dealt with the buzzball in the series so far, Ponting said that “I knew Australia would come well prepared for what England are doing. We were all a bit surprised by the strategic start Australia made at Edgbaston but they won so it’s hard to criticize.”
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