ANDY BULL: “There’s a line and that line was crossed here” – so said Alastair Cook after Sachithra Senanayake dismissed Jos Buttler while he was
backing up. He was quite right, of course. There is a line. It’s called the popping crease. And Buttler certainly crossed it, which is why he was out. As for the spirit of cricket, long-time readers will know my own feelings well enough by now. Suffice to say that by warning Buttler – twice – about the risks he was taking, the Sri
Lankans had already extended him a courtesy entirely unrequired by the Laws. If Mankading is really considered so objectionable by so many,
then it should be proscribed.
ASANGA W: “What an absurd cry baby the usually sound Alastair Cook has been about this complete non-issue. Totally agree with Andy Bull …”