Former England captain David Gower has said that he believes Jonny Bairstow was “casual and careless” in his dismissal during the second Ashes Test.
Bairstow was given out caught behind off the bowling of Cameron Green, but replays showed that the ball had bounced before it reached the wicketkeeper. Gower said that Bairstow should have been more aware of the situation and taken guard before leaving his crease.
“I’m of the opinion that Jonny Bairstow, sadly, was casual and careless,” Gower told Betway Satta. “He should have been aware that the ball had bounced before it reached the wicketkeeper, and he should have taken guard before leaving his crease. It was a careless mistake, and it’s one that he’ll be disappointed with.”
Gower said that Bairstow is a “world-class batsman” and that he has the potential to be a match-winner for England. However, he said that Bairstow needs to be more disciplined in his approach if he wants to be successful in Test cricket.
“Jonny Bairstow is a world-class batsman, but he needs to be more disciplined in his approach,” Gower said. “He needs to be aware of the situation and take responsibility for his own dismissals. If he can do that, he’ll be a match-winner for England.”
Where do you stand on the debate around Bairstow’s stumping at Lord’s?
I believe that Jonny Bairstow was careless and made a bad assumption when he was given out by Alex Carey. He assumed that the ball was dead because it had gone into the keeper’s hands, but he should have looked behind him to see if the throw was coming. This is a basic rule of Test cricket, and Bairstow should have known better.
Carey was simply being sharp by taking advantage of Bairstow’s mistake. He made a good throw, and Bairstow was out. There was nothing underhand about it.
Some people have criticized Pat Cummins for not recalling Bairstow, but I think he made the right decision. If he had recalled Bairstow, it would have sent the message that you can be as careless as you like and still be given a second chance.
I understand why some people would have called Bairstow back, but I think it was the right decision to let the decision stand. Bairstow made a mistake, and he was punished for it.
Why do you think the reaction afterwards was so strong?
The dismissal of Jonny Bairstow by Alex Carey in the second Ashes Test was a controversial one. Some people believe that it was a legitimate dismissal, while others believe that it was against the spirit of cricket.
There are a few reasons why people might believe that the dismissal was controversial. First, it happened at a crucial time in the match. Stokes and Bairstow were batting well, and they had the potential to win the match for England. Second, the dismissal was made by a catch that was taken after the ball had been deemed dead. This is not typically seen as fair play in cricket.
However, there are also a few reasons why people might believe that the dismissal was legitimate. First, the umpires made the decision that the ball was live. This means that Carey was entitled to take the catch. Second, the law of cricket states that a batsman is out if he leaves his crease without taking guard. This is what Bairstow did, so he was technically out.
Ultimately, whether or not the dismissal was against the spirit of cricket is a matter of opinion. However, it is clear that the emotions of the Ashes series played a role in the reaction to the dismissal. With time, people may come to see it more rationally.
England have been accused of being too casual at times. What do you make of that claim?
As someone who was often accused of being casual, I know that there is no room for complacency in Test cricket, especially in an Ashes series. Players are always trying their best, but even the best players drop catches sometimes.
The allegation that England has been casual in the field is ridiculous. Any team or individual would deny that. The real question is whether or not they have done enough catching practice. I’m sure they have, but even if they haven’t, it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The England team is trying to create a relaxed environment, which can be a good thing. Relaxed confidence is a powerful state of mind. It allows players to focus on the task at hand and perform at their best.
Do you think it’s the right decision to bring Anderson back into the team at his home ground?
James Anderson has been struggling with his form in recent matches. His body language and comments suggest that he is aware of this, but he is a proud man with a great record.
Sometimes, all it takes is one good ball to get the edge and change the entire atmosphere of a match. Anderson will have every incentive to make things happen with the new ball at Old Trafford.
We all want a fairy tale ending for Anderson. He has earned it.
Moeen Ali looks set to bat at three again at Old Trafford. Who would you put in that position?
I would move Joe Root to number three in the batting order. I am a big fan of Moeen Ali, but I don’t think he is a natural number three. Root, on the other hand, is a very good player who could make it work at three. He has the ability to score big runs, and it would be a stunning thing for him to get a hundred at three. This would settle down the middle order and give England a good chance of winning the Ashes.
I know Root doesn’t want to bat at three, but I think it is the best thing for the team. Captain Ben Stokes should have a chat with Root and explain that he could win the Ashes for England by batting at three. This should be enough incentive for Root to move to number three.