In the 52nd minute, Bairstow dodged Cameron Green’s shot and did not check the fate of the ball or stand still. Instead, he immediately left his position and wicketkeeper Alex Carey simply tossed the ball into his stump. Bairstow was confused, and the umpires sent the decision upstairs, where it was deemed to have been knocked out.
Bairstow left shaking his head after his mind went blank, Stokes expressed his anger to the umpires on the field, and Lords Stadium came alive to the chanting. One was: Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, cheater, cheater, cheater.
Stokes, angry when Bairstow was removed, made three sixes in one Cameron Green shot to reach his century, and by halftime was unbeaten on 108 points, and England needed 128 more to tie the series. Pat Cummins dropped it in the 77th minute when he struggled to get into the trap before his stunning attack on Green brought his 13th Test century of 142 balls.