‘Bloody oath I would’: Head accuses bleating Bairstow of blatant hypocrisy over Ashes flashpoint

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Pat Cummins of Australia speaks with Ben Stokes of England after Jonny Bairstow of England was run out by Alex Carey of Australia 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Travis Head has accused Jonny Bairstow of blatant hypocrisy, revealing the England wicketkeeper threatened to stump him as he left his crease on the last ball of an over at Edgbaston.

The gulf between Australia and England over the stumping of Bairstow at Lord’s has continued in recent days, with Stuart Broad highly critical of his Ashes rivals in a column.

England’s main issue has been that they believe Bairstow thought the ball was dead at the end of the over when he wandered out of his crease and was stumped by Alex Carey.

But Australia have continued to defend the dismissal, noting that Carey immediately threw the ball after catching it given Bairstow regularly walked out of his crease after deliveries.

The Australians have also pointed to evidence of Bairstow returning the ball at the stumps while keeping, a point contended by captain Ben Stokes earlier this week who argued it was different when done mid-over.

Pat Cummins speaks with Ben Stokes after Jonny Bairstow was given out.

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