I want to start by saying that Johnny Bairstow’s controversial firing was not my favorite. I’ve thought a lot about it, read all the feedback, and I’ve had two opinions, McGrath wrote in a column for the BBC.
Initially I would have liked to see Australian captain Pat Cummins withdraw his appeal … but the more I think about it, the more I think it was the right decision on Cummins’ part. I think it’s a sign of something deeper in England’s mentality.
…I am now a Buzzball fan. The concept of supporting yourself, playing without fear and pressuring your opponent is something I completely agree with.
But the dismissal of Bairstow epitomizes what we have seen from England in this series. It was Casual Ball – CazBall, if you will, not Bazball. McGrath said England were too casual from the first day of the test at Lord’s. After the rain delay, the Aussie batters couldn’t help but get on the field. The umpires were on the field, but even though the conditions were in their favor, half of the England players, including the captain, still had their feet on the ballpark.
In the first test, England announced the start of the game on the first day – again, by chance. Bairstow was dismissed on the last day of play when, after dodging a slow bouncer from Cameron Green, he immediately left his cage to chat with Ben Stokes in the middle, assuming the ball was dead.
However, wicketkeeper Alex Carey played with