England v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Edgbaston June 3, 2014

Jayawardene defends Buttler Mankading


Mahela Jayawardene has defended the Sri Lanka team after England's captain, Alastair Cook, suggested "a line had been crossed" in the deciding ODI of the series between England and Sri Lanka.

Jayawardene insisted that Sri Lanka were left with little option but to run out Jos Buttler in the 44th over after the batsman, at the non-striker's end, repeatedly backed-up too far. While it was the spinner Sachithra Senanayake who removed the bails midway through his bowling action, the umpires offered Sri Lanka captain, Angelo Mathews, the opportunity to withdraw the appeal before they gave Buttler out. It was the first instance of 'Mankading' in international cricket since 1992.

Alastair Cook, the England captain, denounced the incident as "a pretty poor act" and suggested he would not have behaved in the same manner.

"I thought it was disappointing," Cook said. "There's a line and that line was crossed here. I've never seen it before in the game and I was pretty disappointed by it. As captain of your country, there are certain ways you want your team to operate. And obviously he is fine with it. He has said he will do it again.

"You don't know what you would do if you were put in that situation, in the heat of the moment, until you are. I'd like to think I wouldn't do it, but I suppose you just don't know.

"I haven't been in the situation, as captain of England, where I have had to make a 'spirit of cricket' call. Paul Collingwood had one a few years ago and admitted afterwards that, in the heat of the moment, he probably made a mistake.

"If he was properly trying to steal a single, I could possibly understand it. But he was half a yard out of his crease. It's pretty disappointing."

But Jayawardene, defending his captain and his team, revealed that Sri Lanka had warned Buttler twice before the incident and felt he had been claiming an unfair advantage by leaving his ground early.

"We gave him a fair chance," Jayawardene said. "Twice. Before the first warning, we told the umpires that he was taking too much of a lead and then he was warned again. We had to do that, because they kept doing it.

"We analysed our game after Lord's. They took 22 twos in the last 12 overs. Ravi Bopara and him ran riot. And most of the time they were taking starts that are not legal by the written laws. We just wanted to make sure we got a fair chance. We warned them and we warned the umpires, but they didn't listen to us, so we had to take the right steps.

"We always try to play in the right spirit, but if the other team is not playing in the right spirit and not going with the law, then unfortunately we had to take the law into our hands. It was the third time. It is fair enough, I think. We all need to play by the rules.

"If the other sides are not going by the rules, then they're not playing by the spirit, so what can you do?"

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo; Alan Gardner is an Assistant Editor

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  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 7, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    What Mahela said was exactly correct. England and Butler did not play the fair game or spirit of the game. Butler was at least 1 meter away from the crease before the bal was bowled in this instant. So what is the fair play?

  • SA29fan on June 7, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    The Rules exist for a reason, so Eng have to respect that. Once again Cook looking for excuses for loosing the ODI series. Whether its in the spirit of the game or not,you have to front up and accept that Eng did not perform well enough. Watching England in this series, it made me feel like they were missing something,,Kevin Pieterson could have made a difference as ODI captain,,,Cook's batting seams to one dimensional,,,,his body language says it all.

  • on June 7, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Cook says Angelo " Crossed a Line" , but the fact is Buttler " crossed the line" way too early !!!

  • on June 7, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Though I respect Alastair Cook as a cricketer and as a man, I cannot agree with his statement of Sri Lanka "crossing a line". What Senanayake did is within the rules of the game as well as giving him a couple of warnings prior to taking action. Sorry Jos Butler and Alastair Cook, you need to take your punishment and not complain.

  • on June 6, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    You warn the batsman first as a courtesy, after that he is fair game.

  • Urajapakse on June 6, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Get your selves organized England, Do not blame the other side for your 'own mistakes' but try to rectify them like GENTLEMEN ,


  • ramz_01 on June 6, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    @coldcoffee123 i played 9 years of 1st class cricket bt i nvr leave b4 ball hs been delivered itz a simple thing if u watching bowler bowled u will leave automaticaly it s simple thing.

  • Dashgar on June 5, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    A line was crossed, by Buttler. It was the crease and he crossed it too early too often.

  • AjayB on June 5, 2014, 22:49 GMT

    As a professional cricketer Buttler should have known better. In spite of being warned, if he still went out, at least a yard from the looks of it - it is difficult to find a good explanation for it that could complement Buttler's intelligence.

    Instead of asking Buttler what was he thinking, Cook complaining that a line was crossed is puerile. Are they school kids?

    For an international captain to say "a line is crossed" is rank disrespect for the game, opposition and rules. I can understand if Buttler was pushed out and then run out, then a line was crossed. He was plain dumb to do it. And paid the price for it.

    I respect Angelo for siding with him teammate - regardless of what his personal take on it was. That is leadership - back your team mates.

  • on June 5, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    Cook needs to stop resting on the traditional values of this gentlemenly game when they haven't existed for yonks.

    Does he forget when Ryan Sidebottom knocked Grant Elliot from NZ over, they ran him out - a disgrace, and Paul Collingwood upheld his appeal to the umpire. England's just as guilty of being poor sports as anyone else.

    And that's what the crease is there for.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 7, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    What Mahela said was exactly correct. England and Butler did not play the fair game or spirit of the game. Butler was at least 1 meter away from the crease before the bal was bowled in this instant. So what is the fair play?

  • SA29fan on June 7, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    The Rules exist for a reason, so Eng have to respect that. Once again Cook looking for excuses for loosing the ODI series. Whether its in the spirit of the game or not,you have to front up and accept that Eng did not perform well enough. Watching England in this series, it made me feel like they were missing something,,Kevin Pieterson could have made a difference as ODI captain,,,Cook's batting seams to one dimensional,,,,his body language says it all.

  • on June 7, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Cook says Angelo " Crossed a Line" , but the fact is Buttler " crossed the line" way too early !!!

  • on June 7, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Though I respect Alastair Cook as a cricketer and as a man, I cannot agree with his statement of Sri Lanka "crossing a line". What Senanayake did is within the rules of the game as well as giving him a couple of warnings prior to taking action. Sorry Jos Butler and Alastair Cook, you need to take your punishment and not complain.

  • on June 6, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    You warn the batsman first as a courtesy, after that he is fair game.

  • Urajapakse on June 6, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Get your selves organized England, Do not blame the other side for your 'own mistakes' but try to rectify them like GENTLEMEN ,


  • ramz_01 on June 6, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    @coldcoffee123 i played 9 years of 1st class cricket bt i nvr leave b4 ball hs been delivered itz a simple thing if u watching bowler bowled u will leave automaticaly it s simple thing.

  • Dashgar on June 5, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    A line was crossed, by Buttler. It was the crease and he crossed it too early too often.

  • AjayB on June 5, 2014, 22:49 GMT

    As a professional cricketer Buttler should have known better. In spite of being warned, if he still went out, at least a yard from the looks of it - it is difficult to find a good explanation for it that could complement Buttler's intelligence.

    Instead of asking Buttler what was he thinking, Cook complaining that a line was crossed is puerile. Are they school kids?

    For an international captain to say "a line is crossed" is rank disrespect for the game, opposition and rules. I can understand if Buttler was pushed out and then run out, then a line was crossed. He was plain dumb to do it. And paid the price for it.

    I respect Angelo for siding with him teammate - regardless of what his personal take on it was. That is leadership - back your team mates.

  • on June 5, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    Cook needs to stop resting on the traditional values of this gentlemenly game when they haven't existed for yonks.

    Does he forget when Ryan Sidebottom knocked Grant Elliot from NZ over, they ran him out - a disgrace, and Paul Collingwood upheld his appeal to the umpire. England's just as guilty of being poor sports as anyone else.

    And that's what the crease is there for.

  • Zetta on June 5, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    As a bowler myself, I'd always run-out the batsman every time in this kind of situation. Warn him once or twice - then remove the bails. Batsmen are getting too much freebies anyway. The thing with 'Mankading' is that it's unusual form of dismissal that's not often seen. So even if you do the right thing you'll look like the bad guy. Big respect to Senanayake and Mathews.

  • Mfalme on June 5, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    There are suggestions in this column and also else where to call a "run short" if the batsmen completes a run. I think that would not be the right solution as the batsmen won't mind forgoing a run for a better batsman to get to the strikers end like in this instance England wouldn't have mind a penalty of one run to give the strike back to Buttler.

  • Agnar on June 5, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Games are played according to rules. If they can be changed according to situations, the game is not well defined. The spirit of the game is maintained by playing according to the rules and accepting the consequences governed by the rules without animosity, anger, annoyance, and stupidity. Mr. Cook should apologize for his childlike behavior.

  • fguy on June 5, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    @jmcilhinney absolutely right on the MJ double speak regarding ashwin incident. not to mention the deliberate no-ball by Randiv to Sehwag when he was on 99 & the match was already lost. i guess for SL "spirit of game" depends on whether you're the aggreiver or the aggrieved.

  • zhaggy on June 5, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    Forget all this. Let's restart the argument the next time Broad walks after getting an edge.

  • on June 5, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Butlers run out will go down in cricketing history as the first time that an umpire appealed to the fielding side captain 'how is that'

  • coldcoffee123 on June 5, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    How hard is it to keep the bat inside the crease?

  • Agnar on June 5, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Angelo, Please advise the players to "Mankad" Butler and Cook without any warning, if they step out of the crease even an inch. Also consider announcing that if a Sri Lankan player "Mankad" any other player with or without warning, you will standby the players decision. Also encourage Sri Lankan players to warn once, if they think an opposition player is stepping out but is not trying to be unfair.

  • Saman71 on June 5, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    Sidebottom Elliot Run out incident New Zealand v England 4th ODI The Oval 2008. Rule is rule according to England.

  • Millermin on June 5, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    When I played cricket i was taught to back up but leave your bat in the crease until the bowler had bowled the ball.You are then making a start on the run. Buttler was just "wandering" up the pitch.He was out of his ground,he was warned twice.What's the problem - entirely his own fault.

  • on June 5, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    I still think the best would be for the umpires to simply call "short run" (effectively the same a a no ball for a bowler), i.e. if the runner backed up too far, that first run simply doesn't count. That should stop them from doing it in the first place and the bowling team would have less incentive to run out the batsman if he's not going to be awarded the run in the first place.

  • on June 5, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    It is absolutely ridiculous to let any team have an unfair advantage by the non-striker reducing the distance to cover by moving out of the crease before the delivery.

  • lebigfella on June 5, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Apologies if something similar has been said before... the only line crossed was the crease by Buttler before the relevant bowler delivered the ball... one isolated incident does not make the difference to any result. The real problem is England are inconsistent, Cook and the team is clutching at straws... sadly we are not currently good enough. If we'd scored more runs earlier the game's dynamic would have been different, we stretched the rules in the previous game and at worst, Sri Lanka stretched the rules in the last match. Can't help thinking a touch of sour grapes... Enough said... let's move on and start playing decent cricket

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on June 5, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    Run out within the rules of the game, end of discussion.

  • on June 5, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Well.. I don't Understand all this hue and cry raised by English regarding 'Spirit of the game'.... you have players (Stuart Broad) who edge and do not walk... your captain Andrew Strauss denied opposition captain Graeme Smith a runner citing rules that it was not an injury but fitness problem.... who was guarding the Spirit of the game then??? Please don't whinge if you are at the receiving end........

  • manoftheseries on June 5, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    Yes indeed Cook is spot on and right.. There was a line and Butler crossed it many times even after the warning. Obey the rules or pay the price. Spirit of game are all non sense gimmick for media pundits.

  • swissfrank43 on June 5, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    As an England fan I am sick of all this whingeing by Cook and all the former England players (Mark Butcher here on cricinfo an honourable exception). Senanayake respected the spirit of the game by warning Buttler first, and did nothing wrong by running him out. And is badmouthing the opposition in the media within the spirit of the game?

  • chamilrohana on June 5, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    It is so amazing to have many different ideas about this situation of Mankading. I think, if they all acted fairly; Sachithra: Warned him twice and it is only the third time he appealed. Butler: He had the plan to get additional runs for his team (Off course he is not halfway on the pitch) Mathews: Analysis had already with his hand that the buttler was taking this leads even at the Loards Match and due to the above two concerns, he made his decision Cook: Was crossed by his teams defeat and he would have not appealed if he was Mathews(But Collingwood would do) Umpire: They just did what any umpire will do. I think, we have to employ a new rules do avoid getting mankading. It would be like, if umpire notice the batsmen stepping out before the ball, he should deduct two balls from the batting team.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on June 5, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    @ 12thman....Cook didn't say anything about Asians...He was talking specifically about Lankans. Don't include entire ASIAN CONTINENT in the discussion.

  • KrisanthaP on June 5, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    Cook should remember how England ran out New Zealand batsman Elliot in One day match. They should remember it. It is very shameful.Colingwood was the captain.

  • Srini_CricBrain on June 5, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    @ LeeJA - I see where you are coming from , but there has been an update to the law ( back in 2011)

    "ICC ODI playing conditions

    42.11 Law 42.12 Bowler attempting to run out non-striker before delivery

    Law 42.15 shall be replaced by the following

    The bowler is permitted, before releasing the ball and provided he has not completed his usual delivery swing, to attempt to run out the non-striker. Whether the attempt is successful or not, the ball shall not count as one of the over. if the bowler fails in an attempt to run out the non-striker, the umpire shall call and signal dead ball as soon possible"

    So , England cricket team and its captain must get off the high horse and appoint a "Cricket Law Consultant" to their army of support staff

  • Srini_CricBrain on June 5, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    @Amit Kappor - Thanks for the link to the post. Lankan fans who are supporitng Mnakading here were criticizing Ashwin , when he did the same against SL in 2012. Jayawardane , who is justifying it now , was acting holier than thou when his team ws at the recieving end. The english word for this behaviour is "Hypocrisy".

    There really should be no warning, its out as per rules , so this business of umpires asking the captain to reconsider the appeal is rubbish

  • Haleos on June 5, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    Not a big fan of SL team as they are known to be unsporting. Batting on and on and kill the test to make records, bowling as wide to not allow batsman a well deserved century as someone pointed out but I am with the bowler here. Too many rules favor the batsman. Backing up gives an unfair advantage to the batsman.

  • LeeJA on June 5, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    374 comments and most of these having a pop at England - most ignorant to the fact that Buttler's bat was in the crease when Senanayake's had entered his deliver stride and so by the laws of the game Buttler shouldn't have been out. Umpire's mistake, influenced by Senanayake's behaviour by 'warning' Buttler - when in fact Buttler wasn't doing anything wrong.

    See law 15 and review the photo evidence http://www.lords.org/mcc/laws-of-cricket/laws/law-42-fair-and-unfair-play/

    So if we don't want a spirit of the game discussion than how about a laws of the game discussion.

    This doesn't take away from a poor performance by England with the bat.

    It seems to me Sri Lanka are in the wrong here on a number of aspects yet all the criticism is directed at England - I guess too many are looking at it through an ignorant, biased perspective.

    Shame so many have a anti-Cook agenda too... maybe he should be as selfish and arrogant and KP and people would relate to him and like him more.

  • on June 5, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Buttler himself declared he is not yet ready for test cricket. Here its clear that he needd to learn the basics; being in a team lead by Cook will not benefit him in doing so.

  • Sathsara on June 5, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Debating on this will not erase the doubtful starts of buttler and controversial picking from Senanayaka. There is nothing call spirit of cricket if they are not admitting it was a foul start and trying not to masking the mistakes done during the ODIs and failing to win on there home. For Sri Lankans it is not the first time spinner been blamed as illegal bowling but proven it is not correct. How about we call this incident as " Batsman was Buttlering and Bowler was Mankading and send the batsman packed back to pavilion." :P

  • Baundele on June 5, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    It can happen that a batsman unintentionally leaves the crease. In that case, it may look bad to run out the batsman. However, in this incident the batsmen were warned twice before, and they did not show any respect to tht warning. If there is a lack of spirit of the game, it was on Butler's part.

  • SebV on June 5, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    I'm an England fan and I don't think the dismissal was unfair particularly after Buttler was given warnings. Now, in order to avoid these "spirit of the game" arguments in the future, there should be no warnings at all, they clearing aren't serving the purpose. Just 'Mankad' the runner the very first time and allow him to continue - this way the message will be loud & clear and the fielding team will gain the moral high ground by showing their generosity. The runner and the batting captain can't have any complaints if he repeats it.

  • on June 5, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    Batsman: Purpose: Hitting the ball and scoring runs. If in doing so the batsman goes out of the crease then he can be either stumped or run out.

    Runner: Purpose: running for runs. In doing so the runner goes out of the crease he cannot be run out even if it is legal.

    Why is the latter not fair while the former is fair?

  • on June 5, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Most run outs generally happen with margins of less than 6 inches. If despite a warning, Butler continued to take a start, then he has nobody but himself to blame. I disagree that he was not taking an advantage - even if it may have been unintentional.

  • on June 5, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Everybody agrees that Mankading is legal and even fair except the team against whom Mankading has happened and their fans. Remember this - http://www.espncricinfo.com/commonwealth-bank-series-2012/content/story/554756.html Same SL team was crying foul against Mankading when it was done against them.

    ICC should remove the term Mankading and include this as run out.

  • lefty84 on June 5, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Sorry Mr.Cook - It dosen't matter if he's 1/2 yard out or 10 yards out. Fact is he was outside the crease and that simply is not correct. Would you have ruled him run out had he taken a single that ball and came in by less than 1/2 yard on strikers end and SL appealed?

    And for christ's sake stop this spirit of the game discussion - Game is played by rules which are defined and same for all and not by spirit which can vary by person and occassion.

    And just to refresh your memory back to last Ashes in England - Stuart Broad nicked a delivery to first slip and stood his ground knowing Aus did not have any referrals left. And you were the captain then if I am not wrong. Where did your spirit of cricket go? Did you ask Broad to come in and did you condemn his act?

    You were in the moment and you chose to play by rules and not by spirit. So lets stick to that for all teams and situations. Stop whining and start looking what really went wrong if you want your team to improve.

  • srilankan1984 on June 5, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Ask Malinga to play for upcoming Test Series... If so England will be in more Trouble... Come on Malinga...

  • on June 5, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    The same Sri Lankans bowled a wide to not let Sehwag score a century. I guess the Lankans follow a different code

  • on June 5, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    The game has been too lenient to batsmen ... If a bowler throws two beamers , he is out of the game immediately , even if he is a spinner , without asking will of batting team captain

    So should happen in this case , there shouldn't be any warnings at all.

    One thing you can not ignore here is revenge factor with Senanayke ... you report my action and expect me to spare you , not happening mate

  • jmcilhinney on June 5, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    @PeteEdinburgh on (June 3, 2014, 23:49 GMT), you're right about Cook but Jayawardene moaned as well when the shoe was on the other foot. If India had not withdrawn the appeal against Thirimane then I think that it's safe to say that SL would have had more to say at the time. I think that Cook's attitude reflects an attitude that is common among cricket players and fans: yes it's in the rules but there's something just not right about it. That attitude is not limited to England and it's something that really needs to be eradicated.

  • jmcilhinney on June 5, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa on (June 4, 2014, 6:39 GMT), I agree that it would actually be a good thing if this happened more often. I see loads of batsmen from every country doing the same thing and I've always thought that it's taking liberties on their part and they already have loads of advantages. I think that India's non-dismissal of Thirimane was unfortunate because that sent the wrong message. He continued to take liberties after that even in the same game. I wish some country would announce that they plan to do it at every opportunity and stick to that. They'd be unpopular at first but pretty soon everyone would be doing it and batsmen would learn to stay behind the crease until the ball was actually being bowled. Just like coming down the wicket or stepping away, backing up early would be a calculated risk that might get you out, as it should be. It's worth noting that, as far as I'm aware, Buttler accepted the decision without complaint at the time or since.

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on June 5, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    Sri Lanka have done wonders in England in my opinion and there are more than one reasons why the won 3-2. Malinga factor, spin strength, host of senior and junior batsmen coming good time and again but limelight has been shifted to the event where butler was already warned about leaving crease too early. England had their moments from the series and once created a horror run to stun the visitors by getting them out for very low score. That is why the win margin remained narrow which is a challenge to match for future visitors to English soil. English dont need any chops and changes and preferably go with the side that already faced the might of SL to the future series after which they can think of making any changes.

  • GlobalCricketLover on June 5, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    I would go the extent to say there shouldn't be any warning at all. Do we warn a batsman before stumping him? Why is this a question about spirit of cricket?

  • GlobalCricketLover on June 5, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    Umpires should not be asking the captain if he wants to uphold the appeal. Do they ask captain when someone appeals for an LBW or stumping? Why this hypocrisy from umpires? If ICC/MCC thinks this is unfair then let them remove the law altogether, why confuse the players?

  • on June 5, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    The rule 42.15 states that the bowler is permitted to run out the non striker before entering into his delivery stride. So when we look at butler's run out the bowler is already in his delivery stride. In-fact he was on the no-ball line. So butler is so unfortunate to get out. And its a very very poor Umpiring. The Umpire shouldn't have do that.

  • rajkirp on June 5, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    The batters have to be behind the batting crease. Straying outside the batting crease when the ball is in play exposes them to the dangers of being 'runout'. The batters know that. If the striker can be stumped, then why cannot the runner be 'mankaded'. Both are outside the crease trying to seek some advantage when doing so. Hence, they run the risk of getting out. Yet, stumping is sporting and 'mankading' is not. Just because the ball is yet to be delivered by the bowler, does not mean that it is not in play.

    It is time for the ICC to declare Mankading a sporting way to get the batsman out (without warnings). If they still are debating over the non-sporting nature of mankading, then the best option should be to drop the runs from the scorecard when the runner leaves the crease before the ball is delivered.

  • Rakudubai on June 5, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Seeing the footage, Buttler was not sprinting/running.. he was casually walking at almost the same pace as the bowler.. so when bowler suddenly stopped, he couldnt and he was left stranded.. if the bowler had continued his action, it wouldnt have look odd.. it looked bad when the bowler stopped all of a sudden, and the batsman had no clue about it.... seems unfair to the batsman in this case...

  • shantha365 on June 5, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    Maybe the popping crease should be moved 5 or 6 yards towards the batsman when the English go out to bat. The non striker would then perhaps hold his ground and not take unfair advantage by leaving the crease early in anticipation of a run. Cook's comments show his absolute immaturity; he seems to be playing to the gallery and trying to provoke public opinion. He should be careful though,the SL team will not take things lying down in the upcoming Test Series. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

  • on June 5, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    It's a rule. And it has to be followed. No point whining about it. If some one says batsmen should not be stumped. It is the same. Then if there is so much problem in following rules, then remove the rule from the rulebook.

  • prabhu.ku on June 5, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    @amitdi, in that Sewag withdrew the appeal, and see the Jayawardne comments on that "I wouldn't have got the bails off in the first place, to be honest" http://www.espncricinfo.com/commonwealth-bank-series-2012/content/story/554756.html

  • Gurudumu on June 5, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    How hypocritical are the English? Joe Root stands his ground when he knows that he is caught behind by Sanga! Absolutely pathetic responses from Cook and former England cricketers - get your team to walk the talk.

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on June 5, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    I am an Indian, and I can say SL were within their rights, Butler was warned twice.

  • amila_buwa on June 5, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    I observed that some of the fans here are trying to compare this case in to Ashwin - Thirimanne incident in CB series. However, at Ashwins case, he never warned Thirimanne & took the bails of at the first place & appealed. Then Shewag rewaked the appeal. Therefore, it can be compared only with the first warning in this case. It precisely shows that Sachithra warned him twice. I suppose that as the "Spirit of the Game" which captain cook is asking for. English just highlighted the seen to cover their failure and it is very funny that cook finally remember the so called spirit after snatching SL Head coach just before the tour. It won't be a surprise if Mr. Cook says that "For the spitit of the crickets sake, please recall the batsmen after a stumping"

  • on June 5, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    The Sri Lankan did the right thing - he warned but this am Buttler did not heed his warning deserves this punishment.

  • on June 5, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    Why are we still debating when it is clearly written in the rule book that we can 'Mankade a batsman.If the rule is bothering everybody then why can't we scrap the rule itself or else players should learn to play according to the rules..

  • shamikabsb on June 5, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    Mankading debate is going bad to worse. Coinciding this with Sachitra's action controversy is really frustrating. What needs to be told was already been told by Russel Arnold in the commentary box and the simple answer is "he warned and Buttler did not have the spirit of the game not to backup". He has stolen runs in Lords game as well. Two warnings in the previous over and what more?

    Apart from this incident, Sachitra took 9 wickets (second most) in the series and he has the second best bowling figure. There is no doubt Malinga played very well but Sachitra deserved to be the "Man of the Series" been a spinner playing in England grounds. He had scored few runs as well. His Economy rate was just 3.76. Either this incident or bowling action controversy or both took the title away from him. That was too bad.

  • Prem2248 on June 5, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    Batters can upset a fielding side in running 2s & 3s as Bopara & Buttler very successfully did in the 4th ODI that helped Buttler to attack in the latter stage & nearly won the match for them. Knowing what was happened in the previous match, the SLans came to the match with a plan, after having known Sachithra was reported for suspect action (this should have actually happened after the series, since Sachithra's bowling action has been already cleared one, not just before 5th ODI).

  • VISH.R on June 5, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    Boycott & Cook makes no sense. Take case of a non striker being run out because the ball hit by striker deflects off the bowlers fingers & hits the stumps with the non striker out of the crease. That is not too different from Mankading. The batsman is taking a start to gain an unfair advantage & therefore responsible for the consequences!!!

  • Chris.James on June 4, 2014, 23:59 GMT

    Sad to see a man painting himself into a corner like this... Alistair, if your man wasn't trying to steal a quick single, what the hell was he doing on the field? That's his job, for God's sake.

    And if he had then decided to go for one, do you think he would have grounded his bat back behind the crease again before he set off? Don't think so. So there you are - unfair advantage.

    Buttler left his crease and gave the bowler the opportunity to stop his action and remove the bails. After being warned twice. Even my 11 year old knows he can't do that.

    If you want to go riding high horses Alistair, try polo.

  • on June 4, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    Can someone please explain why this is not in the spirit of the game. I can understand if Butler was going for a run and he collided with the bowler and was runout. The rules are very clear and everybody is aware of this. Why then is a stumping considered fair when the batsmen is just trying a make his shot and is out of the crease? This is international cricket and it has to be played according to the rules. When rules are not followed this type of controversy crops up.

  • on June 4, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    What a fuss over nothing. If Buttler was dozy enough to keep wandering out of his crease after receiving warnings about it from the opposing side then he has no one to blame but himself. Wandering out of the crease before a bowler releases a delivery is also unfair and the fielding side is within it's rights to combat it.

  • Hillaire on June 4, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    Not been done since 1992, just so happens to be Englands most destructive batsman who has just scored a century against them. They wouldn't have done it against anyone else but they were panicked and this is how they reacted. Poor show sri lanka shame on you, they just don't have any morals anymore

  • on June 4, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    This is the 8th time in International cricket a player has been out by Mankad. Sri Lanka were well in there rights and good luck to them, Cooks just whinging cause this English team has NO Chance of being competitive in the World Cup.

  • on June 4, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    Come on Cook, grow up... Is a bowler taking an unfair advantage by overstepping the line when he is in his bowling stride? In almost all cases he is not. However, the bowler is penalized with a no ball everytime. So, why should it be any different in Butler's case? When a batsman moves forward to defend a ball and the inertia takes him forward he is stumped and given out. The batsman was not taking unfair advantage their either but is given out so why shouldn't Butler be given out?

    Sri Lanka have gove over and above to let Butler know that he is taking unfair advantage but he still does it. So what do you expect? OK, if the batsman is not taking unfair advatage then what is he doing by going beyond the crease? Sri Lanka did the right thing so should every team. If you are talking about gentlemanly, tell us how the act of Butler coming out of the crease prior to the delivery Gentlemanly?

  • bobert on June 4, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    funny how england had no problems claiming the run out against Grant Elliott of NZ a few years ago when batsmen collided against bowler. The umpire asked Paul Collingwood 'are you SURE you want to appeal it' and he said yes! Have a good ol' English whinge

  • VickY4 on June 4, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    Buttler very well deserves to be given out after two warnings. I really feel if these rules are defined by kinder gardeners. Why on earth umpire have turn to captain, to with draw, as if no decision in crickets goes wrong.

    What role Umpires currently have, like a sitting ducks who don't overrule the wrong decisions, don't penalize sledgers, just throw them out or enhance the rules.

    If a runner crosses line, the team batting should be penalized by 1 run.

  • on June 4, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    Buttler's own fault. He wanted to get a head start going for a run, and he forgot the rule every schoolboy knows - keep your bat grounded till the ball is released. He was warned twice. Sri Lanka behaved perectly fairly.

  • Shajadul on June 4, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    I don't understand how anyone supports taking unfair advantage again and again and after loosing the game blames the team who has done the fair thing. It's an international cricket, not county cricket.

  • anuradea on June 4, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    First of all calling this mankading must be removed. This is another way of getting out and I have no idea what the big fuss every time it happens. A person takes advantage against the rules and when he is penalized, the person who enforced the rule becomes the bad person. Everyone who plays cricket knows that you are NOT supposed to leave the crease before the ball is released or you run the risk of getting run out at the bowlers end. In baseball the batters are allowed to take unfair lead but at their own risk of getting thrown out at the base as the pitcher is allowed to do so. Taking an unfair lead is NOT WITHIN THE SPIRIT OF the game and why is it only running out the person who is committing the crime is made the good person and the person who execute the rule is vindicated. It is almost as if the robber is the good person and the Policeman who catches him is the bad person. This is laughable. English has to realize that the way they have been playing the game is no more.

  • Giri.Murthy on June 4, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    Even though he was not attempting to run according to cook. Say there was a single and there was a direct throw and say Butler was safe by 1 frame then will Cook come out and say in the spirit of cricket you are out and you need to come back in. Guys cricket has changed over the years and every mm distance matters these days. So Cook it was an unfair advantage he is trying to take.

    Start learning to be inside the crease.

  • athukorala on June 4, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    It does not happen often because once a batsman is warned, normally we are more careful. If Butler was warned several times, but still continued to do so, he was pushing the envelope - daring the SLs. I fully support SL team's decision. It is hypocritical for Boycott say 'no unfair advantage'. Why would we have creases then…?

  • Agnar on June 4, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    A simple question for Mr. Cook: What should have been the proper action for Sachtra, instead of running Butler out? (a) Ignore it (b) Warn him again (c) Thank Butler for doing it repeatedly (d) Get down on his knees and beg Butler not to do it

  • Giri.Murthy on June 4, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    In the current scenario where runouts are judged by a matter of 1 frame any start given by the batsman matters. That might be the one frame he escaped a runout. So England stop crying and follow the rule. And infact srilanka did give couple of warnings to the same batsman which is more than enough.

  • CanadaCan on June 4, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    I understand that Don Bradman, the greatest batsman ever to have run a run wrote in his autobiography "For the life of me, I can't understand why the press questioned his sportsmanship. The laws of cricket make it quite clear that the nonstriker must keep within his ground until the ball has been delivered. If not, why is the provision there which enables the bowler to run him out? By backing up too far or too early, the nonstriker is very obviously gaining an unfair advantage."

    It is easy to convert a half-run or one and a half-run (in other words, a runout) into a full run or two runs if backing up too far is allowed. This is particularly dangerous if a run or two are going to decide the match.

    If it is said that it is not in the spirit of the game, just don't toe the same line because someone has said it before. Coming from the English, it sounds hypocritical.

  • amitdi on June 4, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    What is Cook's point? Allow us to be half a yard out of the crease but we wont take unfair advantage? SL should have run him out in the 1st instance and taken that appeal back. like Ashwin did to Thiramane in a game against SL. That situation never came to Ashwin running him out (although Thiramane had done it cpl more times in that same match).

  • Prabhash1985 on June 4, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    If England find a right man for captaincy role, they can be a better team. Cook is behaving like a boy, not like a man. I think he and some players you started unnecessary conversations with Mathews should be given a penalty. England team needs to learn about rules which is mandatory, before they talk about ethics. Of course, we all Sri Lankans don't want this sort of a situation, neither off the field war like Sachi's accusation before the final, or our coach related stuff, but I can guarantee that Sri Lankans grow in tough conditions, and they are manly enough to take any challenge thrown at them by anyone. They are lions! They will hunt you down, if you provoke them by doing these funny peaces. There should be law and order, and breakers must be punished fairly. If that doesn't happen, regardless of how big you are, you will break down so as with the system. It's a pity, though. Have a man enough captain to captain England team, and you will be a better team.

  • fguy on June 4, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    i'm not a SL fan but am glad they stuck to their guns here. wonder though if they would've cried "spirit of game" if sehwag hadnt withdrawn the appeal when Ashwin ran out one of them in Aus in '11-12?

  • Pasupulati_Durga on June 4, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    There is nothing wrong with what Senanayake did, even after warning couple of times if the batsmen is trying to take advantage....it is not acceptable. I am not sure who is making these rules, it seems the rules are favoring the batsmen more than a bowler. I think there should not be any warning before mankading a batsman.

    BTW...Congrats to Sri Lankan team for the series win...well deserved.

  • Temuzin on June 4, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Cook is just a cry baby. It was Butler who has crossed the line even after being warned twice. What was he expecting? He was not playing the game in right spirit and taking unfair advantage in running twos. SL did good. Le this be a lesson to all. Even warning is unnecessary. Every body should know the rule and if one breaks it , he should be punished like butler was. End of discussion.

  • on June 4, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Though I support the wicket if Butler was warned and I support the fact that playing by the rules and winning the game should be the only way to judge the spirit of the game, there is one thing bothering me. This same guy (Jayawardene, who I respect a lot for his cricket, btw) who think its fair enough to get Butler out this way mentioned back in 2012, CB series, Brisbane when R. Ashwin got Thirimanne out the same way (however, decision revoked by Sehwag) that he would never have taken off the bails this way in the first place because it was not in the spirit of the game. http://www.espncricinfo.com/commonwealth-bank-series-2012/content/story/554756.html Two contradictory statements at two different times or am i missing something??? (because I wish I do because I do respect this man a lot). However I am a neutral cricket fan and I am from India. BTW, well deserved victory and congratulations to team Sri Lanka and well played team England.Enjoyed the game.

  • Agnar on June 4, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    It is not in good spirit to break laws of cricket. Butler broke the law. He was warned that was not required by law. He was run out according to laws of cricket. England captain's and coach's complains as well as fans' booing is not in the spirit of the game. However it would have been in the spirit of the game, if Joe Root walked out when he was caught.

  • Arif_Khan_Bangladeshi on June 4, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    Unnecessary fuss created by Cook and co, to hide their own failings during this ODI series. England are a good test team but in ODI cricket, they need to drastically change their conservative approach. Kudos to our Lankan bros for the series win. Well deserved

  • on June 4, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    England is really finding it hard to digest the recent lost series which they were leading 1-0 & almost made it 3-1 @ Lords.I would give a THUMBS UP to the SL technical team for making a note of 22 twos taken by butler & bopara in 12 overs in the 4th ODI.They did there homework and warned him twice before knocking the bails off.At the end,well done SL as it was needed in this advantageous game for batsman with 2 New balls,5 fielders inside the 30 yard circle,free hit,20 overs of powerplay and the most 'benefit of the doubt'

  • on June 4, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    When bowlers are punished for minor crossing of the line, why would batsmen be allowed to do that!

  • nilb on June 4, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    @geoffboyc You are saying many of the the bowlers don't Mankade because every batsmen in the world does leave the crease before delivery stride? really? Don't give false information and try to justify Buttler. If what you are saying is true many batsmen in the world don't know cricket. If you look at all other batsmen you'll see them in front of the crease with the bat just inside and taking it out when the bowler swings the arm. Most batsmen know how to time their leave from the crease. It's a very simple rule.

  • on June 4, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    who is the wrong one? Sena...Mathews...Umpire....Buttler....Cook... or the person make that Cricket Rule...

  • atique.sa on June 4, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    buttler should be thrown out of field for not following umpire s warnings.england were never any better nor would be in cricket.well done sri lanka and mahela proved once again that hes big game player.

  • Melf on June 4, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    I agree with Alistair Cook when he said "There's a line and that line was crossed", but in the context of which he said. Yes the line of the Rules of Cricket was crossed repeatedly by Butler, who openly ignored the Umpires warnings. Cook should have done his Captian's duty and taken Butler to task instead of critising the opposing Captain for adhering to the Rules of Cricket, who only acted as a last resort after several warnings to the batsman.

  • Dhadumia on June 4, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    As rightly put by one of the commenter on the forum that.....If a bowler crosses his line mark A run, One extra ball that too with Free Hit. So such difference between bowling side and batting side. Rules should be made such that each run is a valid run. ICC should decide something like.....If a batsmen goes out of the crease before bowler bowls the batting side should be penalized with a run or a ball or the run collected in such a way should be cancelled.

  • on June 4, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    If Buttler was warned once or twice as Mahela referred, there is nothing wrong with what Senanayake did.

  • Temuzin on June 4, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    What this guy Cook is saying? SL did the right thing. Why Butler has been crossing the line of crease every time even after being warned?

  • on June 4, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    Butler was the only one who crossed the line... literally.

  • on June 4, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    i am pretty disappointed with some comments of cricket fans, mankading is not a harm to 'spirit of cricket ', harm is ignoring the warnings, if buttler accept it and didn't do it again and again there won't be such a problem,,,,, so england must keep eye on their performances,,,,,,,,,,,,, we don't care about what cook said,

  • vxttemp on June 4, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    To me, SL did the right thing. Generally we don't do this sort of thing but that is no excuse. Runner should know he is not supposed to cross the line and if he does, pay the price. Doesn't matter he is trying to take a single or not, just stay with in the line.

  • on June 4, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    Get real Mr Cook. Talking about crossing lines, how about the incident which Collingwood involved?? weren't you there?? Poor English, Butler was clearly warned enough. Take away your words you poor thing.

  • SL_Boy on June 4, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    I think this should be a umpires responsibility to warn batsman, or not to count a one run if batsman leaves the crease before the ball is delivered( this is a so difficult to do it practically), but in this scenario i have to agree with SL team, this is coming from how they manage to get 2 run most of the time and they analyze it and found the solution.... excellent coaching.

  • sarangsrk on June 4, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    @Anton Joseph..What makes you say that there was no warning given to Thirimanne? Just because Mahela didn't know, doesn't mean he was not warned. if the warning was not given, do you think the umpires would have asked Sehwag? I am in no way saying that Butler was incorrectly given out. He should be out and so, should have been Thirimanne. However, this statement from Mahela now talks of double standard when in Thirimanne's case, he categorically said that he would not do such a thing. Why make such statements when you can't stand by it?

  • logicstar on June 4, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    Its been quite common for english players to do these scholl boy mistakes and then make a mess out of the opposition if they went ahead with the appeal.

    colligwood against new zealand, bell against india, and now butler against srilanka.. in both the former cases opposition withdrew the appeal.


  • on June 4, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    If a bowler over steps then an extra ball a run a free hit is given. But in the case of mankading no penalty is been imposed on the batting side. Actually ICC should look in to changing the rules as to reducing a ball from the batting side as well as penalising 4 runs in case of mankading, just to be fair to both teams.

  • on June 4, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    After being warned twice, Srilanka has all the right to mankad Buttler.

    Cook has no business to talk about the spirit of the game. Mankading is part of the rule book and cook should not bring the "spirit of the game" talk to the game. Buttler was warned enough and was given enough opportunity to correct himself to not get carried away. Even without stepping 1/2 yard the non-striker can take advantage by stretching the tail of the bat to get more reach and I wish Buttler could've played some situational cricket if he wants to take advantage.

    Cook seems to be a crybaby if he can't win the key matches. SL was a better team on ODI, just admit and move on.

  • geoffboyc on June 4, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    Of course Sri Lanka were within their rights to run Buttler out, with or without a warning. But if you watch a recording of both innings I bet you'll find plenty of examples of both teams backing up a few inches or so before the ball is bowled, because it happens all the time at all levels of the game. That's why 99.9% of bowlers don't do what Senanayaka did. Maybe if we now have to start observing the letter of the law now, perhaps the application of the law needs to be looked at again.

  • on June 4, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    In the case of the Ashwin incident there was no warning given and Schewag quite rightly called Lahiru back.However what is interesting in the Butler incident is that apparently after the warnings were issued by Senanayeke the umpires did not in turn warn Butler. If this was done Butler would have taken greater notice .If a Rule in the cricket book is unfair and against the spirit of Cricket it should be taken out of the Rule book.

  • sgbhatcar on June 4, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    Alastair Cook behaved as if that incident was the 'straw that broke the camel's back'.. My question to him and to rest of the English team is, how many of them walk, even after they know for sure that they have nicked the ball?? How about sledging by the Englishmen -- is that in the 'spirit of the game'?? Cook and his team have lost and are now trying to find some reason to justify it!

  • JG2704 on June 4, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    @Yevghenny on (June 4, 2014, 8:49 GMT) I don't see it as anti English at all. The guy warned Buttler and Buttler was dozy in not heeding the warning. I don't think Buttler was gaining an advantage like that but the thing is where do you draw the line for where you are and are not gaining a significant advantage? These sort of dismissals don't often happen over here but they are within the laws of cricket and it's up to our players/coaches to wise up. It's frustrating that it happened to the guy who probably (based on what SL scored) would have made the difference in our favour but that happens

    please publish this time

  • JG2704 on June 4, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Cook is a bit of a hypocrite here talking about crossing lines.

    If he was happy with Broad not walking when he stood his ground he should accept this unconditionally. Cook tends to try and lay blame at others door when he/his players make mistakes.Vs NZ 2nd home test he/Flower were defending the way they went about the game when not enforcing the follow on and batting with little urgency in the 2nd inns and then were both screaming at the umpires to get them on the pitch in the pre forecasted wet weather I think the issue is that it probably turned the game in SLs favour. Had Buttler carried on you'd have felt (unless SL batted better) Eng would have posted a defendable total. I guess the problem here is that we're not so used to dismissals of this nature. I don't even think Buttler was gaining an advantage like that as he was literally feet (not yards) out of his crease but it was a dozy/lame way to get out and players and coaches need to be more savvy to it from now on

  • on June 4, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    buttler didn't care warning given ,so decision to run out is simply fair enough

  • on June 4, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    People have misconceptions of the spirit of the game. Spirit of the game is about fairness and adhering to the rules of the game. If Butler was duly warned, and then punished, the act is completely justified. That is fairness and in a sense, observance of the rules.

    You know what? Maybe this Mankad actually puts some skill back into the ODI quick single? Judgement and hard sprinting. Batsmen probably need the extra challenge given the latest set of fielding restrictions!

  • on June 4, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    "Among the most famous instances of a dismissal not being effected under this mode was when Courtney Walsh famously let Saleem Jaffar off with a warning in the last over of a 1987 World Cup match in Lahore. The last Pakistan pair was in and they needed four off the last ball when Walsh refused the run-out that would have sealed the match. Pakistan went on to win, which cost West Indies a potential semi-final place."

    Now, that is what is called the spirit of cricket and that is the difference between a truly great cricketer and just a good batsman.

  • Ab_ki_baar_Pakistan on June 4, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    Fair decision, it was Out. Butler was warned twice means he got two chances, what-else you need. You don't know the rules of cricket and you talking about the Spirit of Cricket. Cook, better accept the defeat & show the spirit.

  • on June 4, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    From what I have read on a number of sites, there is a general consensus of opinion that Sri Lanka acted totally legitimately in running out Buttler. It would be interesting to see the Lords game again to see how risky some of those 22 twos were in the final 12 overs and where Buttler and Bopara were starting their runs from. Although few people have mentioned it, the key element in all this is that the decision was taken on the basis not only of the game yesterday, but on previous games in the series.

  • PP_PLAYS on June 4, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Probably the rule can be set to make the runs one short if the batsman(Non striker) leaves the crease before the ball is delivered. It is acceptable to mankad out the batsman as he is taking undue advantage of too much backing.

  • wolf777 on June 4, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    The great Don Bradman writing about the first ever run out by Vinoo Mankad... "For the life of me, I can't understand why [the press] questioned his sportsmanship. The laws of cricket make it quite clear that the nonstriker must keep within his ground until the ball has been delivered. If not, why is the provision there which enables the bowler to run him out? By backing up too far or too early, the nonstriker is very obviously gaining an unfair advantage."

  • cric1965 on June 4, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Batsman should not allowed to take not only half yard even centineter undue advantage because once you TV replay run out, umpire will watch every popssible centimeter to give a judgement. Then why anybody allowed to mankidding.

  • on June 4, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    No issue with the event here. Buttler was given a chance, he ignored it and he was dismissed FAIRLY under the laws of cricket.

  • on June 4, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    Wonder what Cook had to say to Buttler. You get warned and you still piss over the fielding team. How poor is that. I would have sided with Srilanka even if they have ran out Buttler on the first instance. You want to pinch a single then be prepared to be run out.

  • on June 4, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    It was the right thing to after being warned.

    I had wondered whilst watching the previous ODI, why there were so many two's scored when there appeared to be only a single. Now I know.

  • prashbrams14 on June 4, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Well Mahela doesn't have any rights to say about this dismissal i remember when Virender sehwag was captain and ravi chandran ashwin ran out to lahiru thirimmane in same style what sena nayke did,,,i heard the post match conference by mahela saying Iindia played dirty even though India have given just a warning.That shows the double standards of Srilankan cricketers.

  • NewYorkCricket on June 4, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    What is disappointing here are Captain Cook's comments. The rules are VERY CLEAR and he was warned multiple times.

  • on June 4, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    the English are great ones for finding things within the rule book offensive...its not gentleman game anymore it is a battle and all the cricketing nations have bought into it.

  • BDibbs on June 4, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    Surely the bowler should actually be commended for NOT removing the bails the first time? In doing so, is he not perfectly displaying the 'spirit of cricket'. The bowler should only then be criticised if he DOESN'T remove the bails at the second occurrence.

  • rashivkd on June 4, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Yes, Mr. Cook, line was crossed and that line is called crease line. You have to be in the crease till the ball released.

    Yes, He is not trying to seal a single, but what if the ball hit to somewhere and they steal a second by a smallest margin? Nobody is not feeling any "Spirit of Game", when batsman run out while backing up and the ball hit the non-striker end after touched by bowler in his follow through. He is also not stealing any single, in fact, at least he might turned and try to get back in.

    Why the laws and spirit are mixing together?

    IMHO, abusing a team, which is acted completely within the law, is the biggest threat and worst way to play against the spirit. Shame that, whenever Eng loses, they were come up with the childish complaints.

  • malepas on June 4, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    Sri Lanka is well within their rights to ran Butler out after he didn't heed to the warnings given to him, why Cook calling against the spirit of the Cricket when its okay to steal runs with such long backing off, it doesn't look good but so does lots of other things in Cricket like warning and taking off the bowlers for running on the red zone, being out for handling the ball, run out while bat still in the air inside the crease etc etc, the law is there to STOP such action and fair to Sri Lankan team, they give fair warnings to the batsman but he didn't listen so what option they had left with? so I've no issues with Anjulo's decision.

  • on June 4, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    What Senanayake did was well within the laws and he had every right to do what he did! infact the umpires should not have put forward the query to Mathews! No law states that batsman should be warned but Butler was given a friendly warning and an official warning before the appeal, which is more than enough incentive to have the bat grounded in his crease till the ball is delivered. It is not about going 10 steps out to steal a single, it is about being outside the crease whether it is 1 step or 10. That 1 step can be the difference between a run out and a safe run as we have seen with countless run outs how the batsman just gets in! therefore no advantage should be given to the bastman! The bowlers are no balled when they step even an inch outside the crease, they don't intentionally step one inch over the line to gain/steal unfair advantage but still a no ball is given because it is the law and so is this! the bastman should remain in the crease!

  • on June 4, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    English captain was making a point right?? A line was crossed... Yeah definitely Buttler did it several times to gain advantage. If it is well within the rights then what about this? After several warnings, actually it was too fair by Sri Lankans. It's in the books because the game of cricket is favouring too much towards batsmen. They definitely should not get advantage by running before the ball has been delivered.

  • on June 4, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    The bowler was right. The law is on the books to deter batsman from doing what Butler was doing. He was duly warned. If I was bowling no warning. His runout would have been the waring for the other batsmen.

  • sudhan1234 on June 4, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Since they have already given a warning I dont think it was not in the spirit of the game. Instead of complaining Cook should look back and improve on their performance.

  • smackdawg on June 4, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    What is the purpose of having the rule and the bowler is subjected to so much criticism when he use it? I believe it should be a mandatory dead ball and after the second infraction there should be a penalty of having a run deducted. You would see how quickly it would be eradicated from cricket.

  • on June 4, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    Dont judge Mahela by his statement. He has been a great ambassador of the sport. So was Kapil Dev perhaps still greater cricketer who was morally correct. Before running out peter Kirsten, he had warned him sufficiently. Mahela like Kapil is a true gentleman of the game When Ian Bell was called back after being declared runout at the stroke of Tea, Englishmen had no qualms about it. In the same test match why didn"t they call Rahul Dravid back when he given out caught behind, before Dravid could reach the pavilion, the whole world knew that the ball had hit the shoe laces and not the bat. Ironically it happened in the same test match when Bell returned to bat after tea.

  • ManjunathAk on June 4, 2014, 12:01 GMT


    1) what was did by Srilanka is Perfectly fine .

    But will they take it if it come to there players

    2) http://www.espncricinfo.com/commonwealth-bank-series-2012/content/story/554756.html

    3) SOme with a height of more than 6 feet taking 2 steps is not fair since he only need to cover 17 Yars ( 2-2-1) considering close matches teams cant afford to do it , Specially when they have already done it in previous matches

    4) I am waiting for Jos Butler comments --

    5) Alistar cook has seen for unsporting scenes - Remember Stuart broad nicking to slip and acting .

  • Philip_Gnana on June 4, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    How many warnings do batsmen need? At a time when batsmen do not walk when knowing that they are out, is it not in the spirit of the game?

    Talking about the English and their attitude and stance as if they hold the higher ground - Why did they not wait to recruit Paul Farbrace after the tour? Was it in the spirit of cricket?

    You break the rules you pay. You do not wander away from the wicket at any time and at any end. Full stop.

    Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • lakshithav on June 4, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    Some fans try to justify this Buttler incident with the 2012 commonwealth incident which involves lahiru thirimanne. After the incident Mahela clearly stated there was no official warning by the umpires before Ashwin Mankaded. And also he stated that our guy(lahiru thirimanne) had a little bit of fault as well. While in this incident Cook is trying to put the blame totally on Srilankans. Buttler was warned officially twice and still he was doing the same mistake intentionally or not.

  • on June 4, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    I think the ICC should change this rule. The umpires should check for this and if the bowler takes a wicket then the delivery stands but if not then it must be called a dead ball after the batsman played a shot. So if he gets runs of any kind it will be cancelled. They could even make it the same ruling as with running on the pitch. After two official warnings, the batsman are not to bat again in the match.

  • on June 4, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    If you look at run outs, a lot of them are close calls. Thus Buttler is breaking the spirit of the game by taking those couple of strides. Then he had TWO warnings! Sri Lanka did nothing wrong!

  • on June 4, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Cook is spot on. There's a line. It was crossed. Multiple times by the English batsmen before the ball had been delivered.... SL were well in their rights to mankad Buttler. You're taught to back up properly as a schoolboy. If you've been warned several times and still do it, you deserve to be run out.

  • geoffboyc on June 4, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    As said, rules are rules and I don't think Buttler can argue. The fact remains that in almost every game of cricket I watch, and that's a lot, batsmen stroll a yard up the pitch all the time and the bowler never or hardly ever runs him out. That suggests to me that they know their own batters do exactly the same thing and it normally makes little difference to the game. Clearly some Sri Lankans see it differently.

  • on June 4, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    And why is this so much of an issue, perhaps because it's England on the receiving end ?

    Whenever they loose a match/series, it's almost mandatory to find redirecting corner for discussions and conveniently they find it yet again !!!

    Come on England, grow up now.

  • Bhrams on June 4, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    I'm all fine with Mankading. But can't quite digest Mahela's hypocrisy. Here's what I read after the Ashwin/Thirimanne/Sehwag incident in Australia in 2012: Either way, Jayawardene said he wouldn't have even appealed. "I don't play like that," he said.


  • RandomTalk on June 4, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    I am a great admirer of Alistair Cook, but this time I think he needs to reconsider what he has said. What Senanayake did was within the laws of the game, and also afforded Butler the courtesy of warning him twice. This is not necessary, according to the law governing 'Mankading'. Bryan Coverdale makes two very good points in his article regarding this issue;

    1. Why do umpires feel obliged to put pressure on the fielding captain to 'reconsider' the appeal, when Mankading is a legitimate mode of dismissal, thereby offering suggestion that this act is somehow 'just not cricket'?

    2. Whereas, in a more heartrending mode of dismissal, where a striker's hit ricochets off a bowler's hand and runs out the non-striker, the umpire merely refers the decision to the third umpire to confirm if the ricochet actually happened off the bower's finger, thumbnail, whatever?

    Which is fair? You decide.

  • on June 4, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    The rules are hte rules, Buttler was warned and did not heed the warnings so by the rules he was out!

  • shibuvin on June 4, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    I had a great deal of respect for Mr. Mahela. But Seeing his double standard in the last ODI, I feel annoyed. http://www.espncricinfo.com/commonwealth-bank-series-2012/content/story/554756.html click the link, Guys. If India are thinking of Sportmanship and letting off one of the Srilankan player, Why couldn't Srilanka do it to other Team. Its just a imbecile double standard.....

  • Seamer_Singh on June 4, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    I don't understand why Cook is whining, Buttler was warned but didn't listen and was duly punished. If he wants to talk about upholding the spirit of the game then batsmen who blatantly 'nick' the ball to slip should walk.

  • rocky on June 4, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    Kudos to Cook for the innovative thinking. Even I had a problem with the umpires ruling no-ball for just half a yard over the line. To make it fair even the batsman shouldn't be given stump out for just a few inches outside the line.

  • robdowse on June 4, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Should not be any fuss. Buttler was warned. If he is a yard down the wicket and goes for a quick single and gets in by 6 inches he has clearly gained an advantage whether he was intending to or not. This may have a good effect in that it will stop batsmen at all levels ignoring the rules. Leaving the crease early is not in the spirit of the game. As an England supporter I feel that the Sri Lankans have done nothing wrong and Alistair Cook's after match behaviour on the field was disgraceful and totally unacceptable for an England Captain. He should be told so by his employers in no uncertain terms.

  • on June 4, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    Why nobody asked Mahela why Thirumane/Sehwag incident happened sometime back? He was the captain and wasnt too impressed with that incident. The other side of the river is always green???

  • on June 4, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Frankly I have never played too much attention to the spirit of the game stuff. It is either within the rules or not. I do not leave room for Grey areas when I am playing. The only thing I might do as a captain is call a player back if Me and my team think there was a shocker on display. That is it

  • KhizarFarooq on June 4, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    First of all kudos to all who have put the blame where it actually is. Nothing else but lame excuse by Cook for the loss. Buttler was warned and yet still continued to try and STEAL a single. Sri Lanka were well within their right to send him packing. End of story.

    If England lost because of this run out then they should blame it on Buttler and not on SL. He was the one crossing the line. Cook should get his perspective right.

  • on June 4, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    well srilanka had every right to do that English team always whines and when it comes to themselves they forget spirit of cricket so well done srilanka you played fairly and warned him twice 3rd time you made the right call..

  • sharidas on June 4, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    I think all should play in the spirit of the game. Buttler was trying to gain an unfair advantage. He was warned twice. So where is the problem ? There is an easy way to put a stop to this practice. If a few batsmen are run out WITHOUT warning, then you will see that this practice will stop. There is nothing unsportsmanlike or unfair in what Sri Lanka did.

  • on June 4, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    What Buttler was doing was against the rules and against the spirit of the game, he was warned twice and continued to do it. He deserved to be out. End of discussion.

  • drdickdixon on June 4, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    England fan here. I fully endorse Sri Lanka - they warned Buttler twice so fair enough and this upholds this blessed "spirit" stuff. End of story. It will be forgotten about by next week, if not earlier.

    The most disappointing thing about all this is how many people can't spell Buttler.

  • Modillo on June 4, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Ever since the run-out incident Eng-NZl with Sidebottom/Elliot (captain was Collingwood) I support the opponent of England. Later NZL called back Collingwood when he left the crease and was run out by the wicketkeeper. That was real sportsmanship. So Cook you better watch that big words of "crossing the line". England already crossed that line in 2008.

  • on June 4, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    It would appear that Cook is totally unaware of the rules of the game. It is English who always talk of playing within the rules. It was here that Butler was playing grossly outside the rules in trying to steal singles in the most ungainly manner, trying to steal a yard off 22 yards at the point of delivery. Those who saw the match in TV clearly saw that the bowler gave ample warnings to Butler not to do something that was wrong. This shows that Cook is a bad loser and he is trying to pinpoint something else for his own failures. Despite freezing conditions favoring English, clearly Lankans were the superior outfit. So Mr. Cook please do not put responsibility on other things for your team loss which was purely due to your team weakness. I do not see much for your team at next world cup in Australia.

  • FreeVoice on June 4, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Surely, any such decision goes against them is against the spirit of cricket. If batsman was warned for his acts, and he still behave in the manner, is actually against the spirit of cricket. Just look at English team history, there were so many controversial acts English players had done but no body questioned about the spirits then.

  • Devin_Cric on June 4, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    And indeed Ajit Kumar the bowler HAS warned as Mahela has said above. The advantage is fair and limited if the non-striker runs AFTER the ball is bowled - it also requires much more skill and speed.

    The English guys must've thought that SL didn't have the ticker to do what they did. Now they and everyone else know better.


  • Dafffid on June 4, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    When I was a kid, we were all warned by coaches we'd be run out if we backed up, and we had no qualms about running out others. It's always been a part of the game, they were doing it in the 1930s. Why would you leave your crease except to gain an advantage? You don't leave it in the opposite direction, only in the way you want to travel. He was run out fairly, he deserved it, England should stop their blubbing and fix their real problems.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on June 4, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    I'm an English fan and can see both points of view however, according to the letter of the law the S. Lankans were well within their rights to appeal esp. given the warnings. The spirit of the game was upheld with the 2 warnings which the bowler is not obliged to give by my understanding. Having said all that, it effectively ended the deciding game as a contest in a pretty cheap way. We needed those 7 overs of Buttler letting loose to bring the total up to something that would have made it more of spectacle for the paying fans.

  • Newlandsfaithful on June 4, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Twice warned, there is no excuse. Cook should be censured, if not fined for his poor remarks.

  • Thegimp on June 4, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    A bowler has to bowl 20 yards and a batsman should be made to run 20 yards, after the ball is in play, and in my opinion that is when the ball has left the hand not when the front foot lands.

    Personally I would take it one step further. I would make it the umpire's call that if the batsman leaves the crease prior to the release of the ball, the run should be called short. Similar to a short run call when the runner turns for the second or third run without making the crease.Technically he hasn't completed a full run while the ball is in play. A few of those calls during a tight contest and the issue will disappear.

  • Kapil-T on June 4, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    They didn't get Cook's full quote: "A line was crossed by Buttler...before the bowler bowled a ball, and therefore in the very valid rules of cricket, he was OUT."

  • willsrustynuts on June 4, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    The umpires have abdicated all responsibility here. The bowler has become judge, jury and executioner. He decided that the player was illegally out of his crease and then he decided to act like a child and the umpires didn't even check the replays to see if the bowler was correct.

    Whatever your view on the legality of this action, you have to accept that Sri Lanka have offended their hosts and the spirit of cricket.

    The stadium was half empty. Expect more of the same, unless folk turn up just to boo the visitors.

  • wwonka on June 4, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    dont cry cookie...at least u now have an excuse for losing the series....if you do not like what happened work change the rules...its a tough game and what is remembered is the resullt not u complainng...something to think about....this is what u get if u dont choose your best batsmen....

  • on June 4, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    why whine if you were warned twice, half a yard or quarter of a yard or 100th of a yard is what decides a run out, what converts a single to a two!

    That bowler clearly gave the batsman a warning in front of the umpire (and Butler is neither blind or deaf that the bowler should go squeeze his cheek and tell him not to move outside the crease.

    So if Mr. Cook is justified for his comments, how's a 'stumping' not against spirit of Cricket? a batsman mistakenly drags his foot half a millimetre outside the crease while attempting a shot and the wicket keeper takes the bails off!! hows that in-line with "spirit of Cricket" and this not when the batsman knowingly ties to take an advantage making a run!!! ridiculous

  • BDKu on June 4, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    Cook says the line was crossed, yes every one saw who cross the line , it was the Buttler. Thats why he was given out, if Sachithra crossed the line he would have been no balled. So Cook expected Mathews to be the Waiter to take Englands orders. Sorry Cook Mathews was not a waiter, There is no surprise to when the Cook comes to save the Butler when they are all in the same team. Just wonder whether the Bell boy has anything to add

  • geoffboyc on June 4, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    No one comes out of this with too much credit. Buttler should have realised something was afoot and kept his bat grounded; once the bowler is into his stride he can go where he likes. On the other hand he was hardly running way out of his ground or getting much advantage so the suspicion is that the Sri Lankans had set him up; even if they hadn't, to run him out in those particular circumstances IS against the spirit of the law as observed by most cricketers at any level. If this happened every time a batsman strayed a yard forward too soon, there would be "Mankads" in every game of cricket played.

  • AJHARROW on June 4, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Peter Manning- Incident was well recorded and televised many times. Please have a closer look. not only this match, but the last match. he was taking this advantage. I would like to ask from Cook, what would he do differently, if the batsman is not taking any interest of what is been warned. We all play cricket and know the law. Buttler should have stayed in his crease in the first place. That is the spirit, isn't it ?

    Cook has no right to talk about the spirit of cricket when they snatched SL coach just weeks to the tour. He went to the other side citing being English and love to work with his national side. England uses his inside knowledge and the planned tactics to counter attack, just would want to win and show the world, the new era has begun after being humiliated in Australia.

    Come on Cook & Co ! show your talent with the bat and the ball

  • creekeetman on June 4, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    well done SL, that's the spirit... lol

  • lacombrink on June 4, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    What goes around, comes around Mr Cook. Please have a word with one Mr Strauss about the spirit of the game. SL followed letter of the law - just like Strauss did when he denied Graeme Smith a runner when he was cramping a few years ago, also in an important game in that series. And all of England defended him for it then, why now all of a sudden is that same "letter of the law" attitude once respected in Strauss so hated in SL?

  • Crusadersss on June 4, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    @All the Srilankan supporters: Read this article and try to understand what your star batsman Mahela has commented on "Mankading". Why would he change his stance- probably because he is of the opinion that Srilanka has a better chance to win a cup outside subcontinent which is a very rare occurence. Cricinfo pls publish-True Indian Supporter..Jai Hind!!

  • Biggus on June 4, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    @Shaky Drybash:-Actually I HAVE watched the replay, and I consider it fair. Trying to dismiss such attitudes as "Anti Englishness" is disingenuous. Buttler was consistently leaving his crease before the ball was bowled, was warned that it had been noticed, and for whatever reason decided to ignore the warnings. What were the Sri Lankans expected to do? If you continue to dismiss valid criticisms as Anti-Englishness rather than look at the REAL cause of an incident you'll continue to live in willful ignorance. If that's what you wish, so be it, but don't expect anyone to take your utterances seriously.

  • SuperScorebox on June 4, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    As a qualified league umpire I thought it would be helpful to mention what the MCC guidance in the internationally recognised 'Tom Smith's Cricket Umpiring and Scoring' says about the situation when an injured batsman has a runner. The guidance explains that if, at any time while the ball is in play, the injured batsman or his runner are out of their ground, they are deemed under law to be attempting a run. A runner could thus be leaning on his bat an inch out of his ground at square leg, but the law says that he's attempting a run, and umpires are to deal with him accordingly should a run out appeal be made. Extending that same principle to the Buttler situation, whatever he thought he he was doing, under law he (and any other batsman doing likewise) is deemed to be attempting a run. No question at all that what happened yesterday was perfectly in order, apart from umpire Gough asking the captain if he wanted to withdraw the appeal before giving the decision.

  • MetimInaGaibar on June 4, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    Cook epitome of failure. Surely he should look at why his team didn't manage to get 30-40 more runs instead of trying to give his biased view on the issue.

  • Yevghenny on June 4, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    The anti english stuff on here is a load of nonsense as if it was the other way round there would be meltdown. Fact is, to try and claim Buttler was stealing an advantage is gibberish, or is Jayawardene trying to claim in all his years he has never stood that far out of the crease when the bowler is in delivery stride? They wanted Buttler out, and made a point that they didn't care how it was going to happen, so gave us all a warning as they knew the storm this was going to create. Poor showing from Sri Lanka, very disappointed in them

  • Chris1881 on June 4, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    A whiny rather than winning start to the Downton/Moores/Cook era. Weak media presence from all of them (Downton breaking ranks on the KP issue, Moores offering opinions on Flintoff's return, Cook defending the indefensible). As a result, speculation is rampant among media & fans as to who is in the team & their strategy. Gone is the consistency of approach which marked the winning eras of Fletcher & Flower. I fear we are back to the 80s/90s when, in a weak set up, players often played for themselves before the team.

  • on June 4, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    ...And why should the bowler 'warn' the non-striker before getting him out ! Is there any rule that the bowler to 'warn' the batsman before getting him LBW or Bowled or caught? A fielder 'warns' the batsman before catching him out or wicket keeper warns the bats man before stumping?

    Why not the Umpire himself is not warning the non-striker for backing before the ball is bowled? Is he a blind and mute?Why the opposition player will 'warn' ?

  • on June 4, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    @MsGharat Actually if you read that article it says that ashwin didn't give an official warning, he didn't even pull out of a delivery and it wasn't seen on tv.Here Buttler was given two OFFICIAL warnings where Sachi pulled out and buttler also used this in the last game to his advantage.He took illegal runs to win the game.IS THAT SPORTSMANSHIP?

  • on June 4, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    The English team are making out to be sore losers. They were warned of Buttlers action a number of times but did NOt heed the warnings. Is it not therefore fair that SL should take the only legal action open to them, to win the game. After all the teams are in there to win the game anf not pussyfoot around. Fair is fair. The English team should sto being crybabies...accept the decision and get on with it.

  • Vakbar on June 4, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    I am an England Fan and have read some of the comments by England fans with disappointment. Just to be clear...Butler was warned twice to his face (some people disputing this, but it was live on TV!), he had no reason to be "only a yard out of his crease"....I wonder what Cook would say if Lasith malinga started bowling "only a yard further up the pitch"? That crease is there for a reason, there are 22 yards between the stumps. i coach 9 year olds and we teach this constantly. We spend ages (and utilise expensive technology!) analysing to the mm whether a batmen has been run-out or a bowler has bowled a no-ball, so for people to accept the batsmen to start running from that far away is ridiculous. The Sri Lankans were very generous and Jawardene's comments very fair - SL were operating within the Spirit of the Game and England were not. Period

    Cook's subsequent comments reveal much about him and I confirm my view of him - outstanding batsmen and individual, but in no way a leader

  • on June 4, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Mr.Cook...before talking about the sprite of the game of the other team....Please make sure the sprite of the game of your team.....Two warnings are more than enough....Mr.Butler has done it for the third time in the match....So...Who has destroyed the sprite of the game?...This is a good lesson for a cunning player.....Thereafter nobody will attempt to this type of running theory.....Weldone Mr.Angelo Mathews...You have done something to protect the spirit of the game in future..

  • on June 4, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    Perfectly legal, warned twice (in the spirit of the game), Buttler ignored, bails off, finger raised, OUT. End of!

    When a batsman continuously ignores warnings given in this match and the previous match and still complains, it's a joke, really, isn't it?

    Well done, Sachi! <3 Well done to Mathews and Mahela for standing up for him.

    They made the rules, we simply followed those rules (with the spirit of cricket in mind).

    MOVE ON, please.

  • MSGharat on June 4, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Mohammad Farbris - Ashwin had Mankaded Thiriminne after giving him sufficient warning, but Sehwag the captain then was made to withdraw the appeal. He went ton to score 62 and win the match for SL. At that time Jayawardhane had said he will never do such a thing, you can read this comment in another article on Cricinfo. So SL being the fairest team should be taking with a pinch of salt. Although I completely agree that Senanayake was playing fair by giving sufficient warning to Butler. I just wanted to point out Jayawardane's hypocrisy, because he is defending Senanayake in this instance.

  • on June 4, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    While playing street cricket in suburban Colombo this was one the elementary rules we were taught by our "seniors".....! In my opinion Mr Cook and Mr Butler must brush up their basic knowledge of cricket before attempting to play at this level. :(

  • Chn2 on June 4, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    Totally correct decision by the Lankan. If some one don't care about your warning and law of the game than he have to pay for it as buttler did. Remember 1992 India tour of SA. Kapil Dev has warned Peter Kristen twice and when he didn't responded, Kapil has no choice but to run PK out. Strange that people constantly playing unfair cricket talks about the spirit of game when things goes against them.

  • mjrvasu on June 4, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    One thought the Aussies were bad losers. England have changed that opinion.

  • on June 4, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    England fan here - quite happy with SL's actions, and post-match comments. Disappointed with Cook, but not really expecting a lot different from him, as any other current International captain would have come out with the same guff having lost the decider in such a way.

  • WillDuff on June 4, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    England supporter here. And I say Cook & Co are just plain stupid with their complaint. Buttler was warned, and what SL did was within both the spirit and the laws of the game. We lost through poor cricket. Learn and move on.

  • on June 4, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    What utter gibberish and anti-Englishness in these comments! Anyone who thinks this was fair actually needs to watch it. Buttler isn't attempting any sort of advantage at all - he's expecting the bowler to actually bowl and therefore he's a yard down the wicket when the ball should already be at the other end. If Buttler had been running down the wicket or five yards down the track before he'd bowled, I'd get it a bit more - but it's nothing like that.

  • on June 4, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    "we told the umpires that he was taking too much of a lead " - how is that giving BUTTLER a warning? the umpires did NOT act on that, did not speak to Buttler and did nothing apart from issue a dead ball - that is NOT a WARNING!

  • Dhushan on June 4, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    I wonder whether Cook thinks if Stuart Broad crossed the line when he didn't walk last summer during the Ashes. No one has cheated here. It's within the laws of the game. I think the umpires should give him out without even asking the captain, specially if he has been warned twice.

  • on June 4, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Cook needs to put a foot in his mouth. Deficient leadership searches for poor excuses. Mankading is in the rules. Umpire should be more assertive when such an appeal is made, they need not consult anyone.

  • VillageBlacksmith on June 4, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    TOTALLY right thing to do… buttler had been warned twice and was 'dozy'… Eng are using it to mask the real shortcomings in their own performances… ie not enough runs from their main experienced bats… Cook, morgan, bell & bopara… they have not delivered for over a year & shd be replaced asap … Playing these guys in 0z in less than a year will be a total waste of time… Now I know what saker writes in his book… All the wides… A clearout is required from top to bottom..

  • HughL on June 4, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    The warning is key here. Without a warning it would be a poor act- but SL warned Buttler so there's no issue aside from England finding an excuse for the fact that they don't have top order players who can score fast enough

  • rpaddu on June 4, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Batsmen have too much freedom these days. Mankading has to be legalised and all bowlers should do the same and get the non striker out. Non striker has to remain in the crease till the bowler completes the ball. Only then it is fair.

  • on June 4, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Butler cross the line too far, and almost ran a indoor quick single before the ball came out of the hand so, got to go buddy. You been rogered

  • on June 4, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    I just wonder what the reaction on this site would have been had it been a SL batsman run out in this fashion. Within the rules or not, the fact that this is the first occurrence of this type in an international match since 1992 gives a clue as to the attitude of teams towards the dismissal.

  • on June 4, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    Sri Lankan team was absolutely fair on this occassion, i really respect them to be one of the most fair teams in the world for ages. English team should go back to the books & learn to accept their mistake. Personally i think Butler is not a fair player, had he been fair he wouldnt have done that after cautions from Umpire.

  • balajik1968 on June 4, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    I remember an incident in the 1981-82 India England series. Srikkanth played a ball to gully and wandered roundabout just outside the crease. The fielder(I think it was John Emburey) ran him out. He was perfectly within his rights to do that. England was right then. Sri Lanka is right now. If you want to take a short walk don't do it while batting.

  • on June 4, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Cook is no Bradman but he can take a leaf out of him who supported Mankad in the original incident as per this article http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/337502.html. The incident is not a big one but Cook's comment is quite ugly. Mahela's analysis of 22 2's is also very correct. Good that SL still won to prove a point.

  • Sinhabahu on June 4, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Cook is absolutely correct. A line was crossed, that line being the crease. He must be thanking his lucky stars to have this non-issue distracting everyone from his pathetic performance as captain.

  • WASHJ-Sydney on June 4, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    I think there is a fundamental error here in who the plaintiff and defendant are in this 'Spirit of Cricket' trial. SL has no case to answer. The team that has displayed the highest level of sportsmanship here is SL. Warning Butler not once but twice needs to be highly commended.What needs to be condemned is repeat offending by Butler. Alistair Cook needs to grow up. International cricket today is fought with fierce competitiveness. You don't bank on favors form the opposing team and it is childish to cry foul when you don't get it. SL as a country is not alien to this baseless allegations, accusations and complaints. And they have always emerged victorious as they did yesterday. Well done Mathews and co. This is the ultimate slap on the face to that unprofessional opportunist Farbrace.

  • on June 4, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    why did they warn butler in the first place when they were entitled to run him out. That's the only problem I have the appeal. Regarding being half a yard outside his crease, say that when he ends up 1/2 yard inside the crease during a run out appeal. Whether he is 1/2 yard or 1/10th or on the line - Sri Lankans were perfectly entitled to run him out and credit to bowler for taking this opportunity.

  • on June 4, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    Calm down everyone,cook is referring to the crease markings."There's a line and that line was crossed here" , yeah he is talking about Jos Buttler crossing the crease line :). I would like to say Cook's act is nothing but a mind game before the test series.

  • on June 4, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    England...don't come with your holier than though attitude...you have Stuart Broad in your ranks! Enough said!!!

  • DustyBin on June 4, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    in the words of Mike Atherton "keep your bat in your crease you dope." I'd be quite happy (after warnings) for England to run out opponents this way.

  • TrivandrumUnited on June 4, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    @Mohsin...interesting suggestion....but won't it be difficult for the umpire to check the non-striker as well as the bowler...It will be a good one if it could be implemented somehow

  • SL.Charith on June 4, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    It was butler who was disrespected the SL team and the game. He was given two warnings prior to this and he was keep leaving the crease. What senanayake has done was all within the rules and spirit of the game.

  • 1_234 on June 4, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    Umpires should take the matter into their hands, there should be no appeal involved in such matters, if a batsman does it give him warning on first occasion, on second attempt umpires should give him out. This will create no rift among playing teams.

  • Chris_P on June 4, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    The only line that was crossed was the crease line that had him out of his crease & therefore subject to be run out. He was given a warning & faied to heed it. Simple. He was trying to steal a few yards by backing up too far. Stop whining Cooky, you are above that.

  • kirands on June 4, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    I am absolutely 100% with Sri Lanka on this. They warned Butler twice, and instead of sticking to the rules he tried to take undue advantage. Alastair Cook is talking trash rubbish when he talks about the so-called "spirit of the game". He needs to tell his players about following the rules of the game before he worries about the spirit of the game. Good to see Sri Lanka teach the England players a lesson or two on how to play the game fair and square.

  • ABDUL_Rehman100 on June 4, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Dear Alaster Cook It is so unfortunate to see such an attitude from a losing captain. The Sirilankan team have outclassed you in each and every department, instead of taking the blame as a captain and admiring the efforts of opponents you have created a controversy which is I guess is very unethical. The kind of reckless shots played by you and other team mates should be discussed instead of creating controversies. PROUD AND DESERVED WINNERS SIRILANKANS

  • MrGarreth on June 4, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    I'm with Mahela. The IPL once again showed how imbalanced the limited overs games are, in favour of the batting side. It'll start a foot out of the increase and then end up with the non-striker halfway down the track during the bowler's delivery stride. Mankad them if they can't follow the rules!

  • philvic on June 4, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    This sort of dismissal shouldn't even require a warning. The batsman is seeking an unfair advantage and if the bowler is aware enough to catch him, he should go.

    A much worse example was in a one day final in SA about 30 years ago. Vincent Van der Bijl ran out Alan Lamb by breaking the stumps as he was walking back to his mark and Lamb at the non-strikers was doing pitch gardening. Later in the same match Peter Kirsten ran out Paddy Cliff who noticed was out of his crease when Kirsten received the ball at cover from the wicket-keeper. Also very unsporting but as Kirsten said " you live by the sword...

  • Malik_Murad on June 4, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    When i read comments made by Cook, I thought that SL were wrong in claiming this run out but after reading the whole story by Mahela who confirmed that they had warned the batsman twice before running him out, so; i thought SL were within the spirit. Those who had not watched the run out, please visit the following site and you'll see that the batsman was being warned and indeed he took things casually and eventually paid for it. My humble suggestion to Cook is to teach his team mates how to be more responsible instead of blaming on the opponents for their acts:

  • Garudadwajan on June 4, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    I totally agree with the way Buttler was given out. And he was warned as well. What I do not understand is why should the captain be consulted again? The player was warned well in advance? And I do not understand why everytime the opposition captain makes a fuss of it? When Ashwin dismissed Thirimanne, Mahela who is defending the decision now, was totally against it back then. Infact, he made a fuss of it even when the captain of that match Sehwag withdrew the appeal and let the player play. Things doesn't change much in 2 years does it? The same player who criticized even the idea of the dismissal is defending it so much when the his team is the beneficiary of it. I do not agree with that. There is something in the rulebook, and if a person is out, then he should be given out, without again asking for the captain if he will reconsider or not. In doing so, then captain who doesn't will be thought in a bad light.

  • afzal501 on June 4, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    Iam surprised at cook accusing Srilankans of behaving sportingly, he has forgotten what happened last year when against Aus Stuart broad refused to walk after a thick edge to slips and I didn't hear any comments from cook regarding his own player. The point is buttler was stupid or arrogant to ignore the warnings from the bowler. England would have done exactly same but the difference is it might not have become a big issue. And surprised by Michael Vaughn's comments regarding this issue.

  • on June 4, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    England should learn to accept defeat. They were beaten fair and square by Sri Lanka and that's all. It was a very good series overall and I enjoyed it as a neutral fan from Pakistan. I hope it would be remembered that way instead of anything else!

  • wmendis on June 4, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    I cannot understand the Cooks statement that he will not do it. The he does not know what is CRICKET.

    The LAWS are there to protect the fairness and the integrity of the game.

    Butler and Bopara was taking undue advantage by leaping out of crease so many times and ended up collecting TWOs instead of ONES in the 4th ODI.

    Senanayake could have done it without warning at all as there was no mention in the LAW to warn before running out. As a good gesture he did it.

    If he didn't do it Butler would have stole few more runs making Sri Lanka to pay for it.

    Don't weep for a lost course. It is a professional game has to be played by the RULES.

  • on June 4, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Srilanka team memory is very short, they forgot the ashwin in Australia incident when thirimane was constantly taking foul steps again and again ... that match was also a critical match of the series. and Indian captain allowed the batsmen to continue, ... should have learn some lesson from that incident but since their cricketing philosophy is choking games and defensive tactics, they knew they will loose the game if england score 250...

  • on June 4, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    Funny how Cook talks about spirit of the cricket but the way he,Joss & most English players behaved when Mathews came to the crease and after the match way to shake the hands like gentlemen.

    Besides Buttler did this countless times in 4th odi and been warned 2 times before the runout on this innings, so I don't see a problem as ICC rule book doesn't even need the requirement of bowler warning the player but Sachithra warned him 2 times before taking the bails off.

  • on June 4, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Its not always other buddies have to show the sportsmanship. English players always argue with their mistakes. Remember last time Ian Bell run out against India and was called in to Bat. Why always other teams have to show the spirit in your mistake. According to law its out and there is no point of arguing. Rules says its out then you are out and that is the spirit of Cricket. Its a shameless arguments made from Cook.

  • on June 4, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    The easiest way to solve the Mankading problem: Change the laws so that umpires can call a short run whenever a non-striker leaves his crease before the bowler delivers his ball. If bowlers are not allowed to cross the line, then batsmen shouldn't either.

  • Pindia on June 4, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Sour grapes I'm afraid. SL deservedly won this away series and no surprise after an excellent 2014. They are an extremely talented, deep line-up and think they will surprise in the tests too. Cook's behaviour at the end of the match was very poor. Matthews showed why he is one of the World's best batting all-rounders; and he is equally effective in tests...

  • GlobalCricketLover on June 4, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Mr.Cook, how about teaching your men about basic rules? An international batsman doesnt know he shouldn't back up too far?

    To all those who are against running a batsman out this way: when a batsman tries to defend a spinner (with absolutely no intention to get runs), gets beaten and gets stumped even if he is foot in 'on the line' and not 'behind the line', does it sound unfair? No, right? Doesnt matter which team is batting, the runner should know what his limits are and deserve to be sent out if he can't follow such basic rules.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on June 4, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Butler was stealing ground. Fact. Which is not 'in the spirit of the game'. Find me a bowler anywhere in the world who likes ground being stolen from him, you wont. Sri Lanka warned him twice and he was dismissed. End of story. I hope he learns a lesson.

    Watching the replays, Butlers total disregard for the line and getting back into his crease which is alarming. These dismissals need to happen more often.

  • Captain_Crick on June 4, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Would love to read the so called 'spirit of cricket' clause or legal document. And analyze why its mostly tilted in favour of the batsman and penalizes the fielding side. If we have a conflict in opinion time and again on this 'mankading' issue, then why not include it as part of the rules. We don't see this issue arise in other sports like Baseball because the rules are clear and printed in black and white.

  • LourensGrobbelaar on June 4, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    The fact is it is against the law to be outside of your ground before the bowler has delivered the ball. So who is not playing acoording to the spirit of cricket? It is the team who is stealing ground. So Allister Cook is using a "spirit of cricket" offfense while his players are playing outside that spirit. SL gave warnings not only to the player, but also to the umpires. That's good enough. Cook is just a sore loser who interprets laws as it suits him.

  • Prabhash1985 on June 4, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    Cook should think about his captaincy and ethics before criticising others. Sri Lankans were absolutely right. Anyone who watched the match can understand how fair it was.

  • on June 4, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    As a professional, Cook should well know Sri Lanka were entirely right. If after repeated warnings the batsman takes it for granted that nothing will be done, he will take the consequences. And Cook should play cricket and stop running off at the mouth after all the antics we saw from Broad encouraged strongly by the rest of the team . Somehow in spite of regular drubbings , the English superiority complex will never go away............

  • on June 4, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    To all my friends suggesting this was an 'unfair' and a 'breaking the spirit' act. Yes, it was. Butler was unfair and was breaking the spirit by constantly leaving his crease early. How was this act corrected? By a very fair and lawful dismissal. Absolutely nothing wrong with this dismissal. Very fair, within the laws and completely with the spirit of the game.

    Now for the dear souls giving example of Sehwag withdrawing the appeal. It was a cowardly act, fearing criticism. The withdrawal had nothing to do with the fairness or spirit of the game. Sehwag was simple afraid as a stand-in captain and did not want boos and criticism. He would rather have his team-mate let down and also lose the game. Sehwag was pathetic not Murali Karthik or Senanayake or Angelo.

  • on June 4, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    @Malij & @FFLNAH. Not an unfair comparison at all. People are using the defence "It is within the rules". Nothing more. I am merely proving the rules can suck.

  • markatnotts on June 4, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    No one 'smashed' the ball to slip in the Ashes - look at the footage of the incident before making such wild accusations! Anyway Buttler was warned, but the worst part of the episode was Senanayake refusing to come out and shake hands at the end of the match. Prettier weak ans sad. Well at least thus whole episode will give the anti England brigade much to moan about for the rest of the summer.

  • Malij on June 4, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    The Spirit of Cricket was broken by the batsman trying to take unfair advantage despite the warnings given to him very sportingly by the bowler. The Spirit of Cricket was broken also by the England Captain by trying to defend the batsman and pointing his finger elsewhere. He should discipline his batsman including himself.

  • on June 4, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    Cook is a bad loser...end of!!

  • on June 4, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    I consider Butlers run out as a part of evolution of the game. Rules are there to be followed. Before declaring a no-ball the Umpire wont consult the captain. In this instant the umpire looked more concerned than Cook. The umpire is there to see that rules are followed. If non strikers are allowed to back up so much we should think of extending this unfair advantage to Stumpings run outs and no balls as well where a bowler is allowed to over step by an Inch or so. Warn his captain first Etc. Where shall we draw the line.

  • KoreanCricket on June 4, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Sri Lankans are known to play a fair game. I a very certain that SL would have taken all the necessary steps before this incident.

  • CrickSA on June 4, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    There was no spirit of cricket when Buttler was repeatedly out of his crease after being warned not to be. Stand up and take responsibility Jos, and Cook - stop whining.

  • on June 4, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    It's simple and a clear cut rule. Just have to move on....

  • on June 4, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    "Taking unfair advantage by advancing down the crease when it is not permissible by the Law of Cricket and doing it after being warned twice is height of ignorance, disrespectful to the laws and the bowler who warned you and plain idiotic". Great comment --- this is what happens when you steal runs!!

  • on June 4, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    There was a line and Buttler was out of it...

  • Sunman81 on June 4, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    Srilankans seems to have done the right thing by giving two warnings before mankading... Cook should ask his batsmen to follow the rules before accusing the lankans of playing against the spirit. Looks like he got a brilliant excuse to escape from criticism of losing a ODI series.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 4, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    This 'Mankading' as it's called,whether right/wrong is certainly not 'crossing line' any more than standing your ground after smashing a thick edge to slip.Surely?Eng camp has to get over it thinking SL just gave back to them what they did to Aussies.

  • ygkd on June 4, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    Yes, a line was crossed - by the batsman. If he hadn't been out he'd have still been in. Two warnings? Luxuries that were not deserved. Backing up too far is a lesser evil perhaps than claiming a catch on the half-volley but an unfair advantage just the same. Maybe other captains should take Cook at his word and get their non-striker to start wandering down the pitch every ball. Half-way down should do it. Then we'd see whether the shoe would fit on the other foot. When I was younger I swallowed the whole to-do-what-Mankad-did-is-unfair baloney because it happened to an Australian. Since then I've grown up. Rules are rules. And even if the rules aren't strong enough, there's still personal responsibility. Out-of-your ground is out-of-your-ground. Unless mitigating circumstances like a sudden injury or flies in your eye have taken you out, you should be out even without warnings. I didn't see the incident but it sounds pretty clear cut. It should happen more often.

  • Malij on June 4, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    I don't know why all this fuss about. The guy had been warned very sportingly not only once but twice. What else do you expect?

  • Iceman29 on June 4, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    Nothing wrong with the runout...What SL did was right...If you are doing the mistake thrice you deserve it...

  • Malij on June 4, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    I don't know why all this fuss about. The guy had been warned very sportingly not only once but twice. What else do you expect?

  • MurtaMac on June 4, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    I'm sorry but Cook and company have no grounds to complain or whinge. Senanayke warned Butler, not once but a couple of times so after that it does not matter if the batter is 2 yards out of his crease or 12, if you have been warned you do not do it. If anything England and Butler were breaching the 'gentleman's game' by not heeding to what the opposition and umpires were repeatedly saying. I am glad Mathews and Sri Lanka upheld that decision. All in a week where a bowler who has been bowling for 2 years is reported all of a sudden and if anything Sri Lanka should have made a meal of it but they got on with it and won the series. Well done SL !!

  • anver777 on June 4, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    I wonder after few warnings to Buttler, there is nothing wrong in running him out... this is not unfair & within the playing rules !!!! A good ODI series win, before the test series !!!!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on June 4, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    @Darren Taylor, you make an unfair comparison to the Collingwood/Elliot incident which involved an obstruction from an England player that resulted in a collision. It was an unsporting decision. This was fair, they warned them several times and it was Butler who crossed the line, not the Sri Lankan captain. I'd like to see more run outs like this.

  • SaurabhBh12 on June 4, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Cook taking about "Spirit of cricket" is like making a joke of cricket. they have many times crossed the lines and this time they are at receiving end. They should feel the pain. England need a lesson, and what Lankans did is the best way to do so... an absolutely fair act done and it was within the rules of cricket. They had given warnings.. Nothing is wrong with it.

  • ARad on June 4, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    A number of commenters have quoted Jayawardena partially. Full comment from here: http://www.espncricinfo.com/commonwealth-bank-series-2012/content/story/554756.html

    "I wouldn't have got the bails off in the first place, to be honest," [Jayawardena] said. "Try and keep it nice and clean, and tell the umpires to try and keep an eye on the guy. But IF HE STILL KEEPS ON DOING IT REGULARLY, AND IF HE IS TAKING ADVANTAGE, YES THEN, but I think they did the right thing in the middle. The seniors got together. Like I said, let's move on." (caps are mine...)

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 4, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    I'm not going to pass judgement on incident as such-right/wrong of it.Just a persp. on Cook's statement pertaining to 'crossing line' and such.His own team were on guilty side not long ago.Of course he was'nt as vocal then.As it was by 1 of his own-Broad.

  • on June 4, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    I think Cook would do the same without giving a chance to any opponent batsman, Mathews was generous enough to warn twice-- well done Mathews..

  • on June 4, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    Mr. Cook, you really need to stop crying and chin up to accept the fact that it was your team player who was at fault here and as a captain, it is you who should be responsible for an unfair act and not Angelo Mathews. What Sri Lanka did was by the book so you cannot even question the spirit of cricket here. English team has a history of crying over petty issues and I guess you are just trying to continue the legacy. Learn to accept your mistakes, please.

  • Ramansilva on June 4, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    Those who argue the "spirit line" tap your head and see how many of you have that so called spirit. If The English were so righteous people could they pull off the rug to unbalance the Sri Lankan side just before the beginning of the tour. They did not even respect the Fabrace had 2 year contract with SLC.

  • Pathiyal on June 4, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    yes, we can say that it was not in the so called 'spirit of the game' but it was not illegitimate esp. considering that jose butler had been warned more than once. jose butler is a good wicket to get :-) i am more confused with the over reaction of alastair cook!

  • on June 4, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    If a batsman facing the bowler is out of his batting crease he can be stumped and given out. So what seems to be the problem. SL acted more than in the spirit of the game by giving Jos four warnings over two matches. Why doesn't England coach and captain look into their own inadequacies and incompetence rather than look for excuses for this comprehensive defeat on home ground, home conditions that favoured the England team.

  • on June 4, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    I personally believe from long years stepping outside crease before the bowler is into delivery stride is unfair. I think Sri Lankans warn in the 4th and 5th ODIs. It is fair to remove the bails because it is harrassing for fielding team. It gives less chance to get the wicket of non striker by run out. The most unfortunate way of dismissing is touching the bowlers hand and hitting the wicket of in non strikers end. If it is run out, this also should be run out. Because in here batsman is more wrong than that instance.

  • Rezaul on June 4, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    Sachitra and Mathews are 100% right. I dont think they did anything wrong from cricket's point of view or spirit's point of view. I would doubt whether England would have warned their opponents twice before getting the wicket in such situations. What Butler was doing was illegal. And neither Butler nor the umpire listened to the SL bowlers as they warned twice. So, that was the only way to stop Butler from taking illegal advantage which helped him taking multiple 2s instead of 1s. I would say, SLs did their homework pretty fine!

  • on June 4, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    In the previous incident Mahela has clearly mentioned that batsman should have warned through umpires in the first place also that in case of batsman failed to heed the warning more than one time bowler has the right to run out the batsman.I guess Sacithra did both yesterday before he ran the batsman out.

  • HealthyCric on June 4, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    Why is this 'spirit of the game' even linked here.

    Just see how stupid this is: Let's say Senanayake didn't run Buttler out and Buttler starts running, batsman plays the ball to the fielder who in turn throws the ball to wickets successfully. It goes to 'third empire' who checks centimeter by centimeter and decides Buttler is not run out where Buttler took a yard time head start. What exactly this third empire for? Many times we saw countries last their matches because their main batsman was a centimeter or more short right?

    I remember Courtney Walsh incident, he became famous but they lost the match. Viv Richards almost cried in that match. They could have won that tournament from captains and cricket fans point of view.

    I never saw Vinoo Mankad playing but he becomes more famous ever time this happens ;) Cook is Naive, If accepted bravely that it was Buttler's mistake, it would have been more sensible of him as a Captain, it exposed his personality.

  • on June 4, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    Considering the fact that the bowler did warn him once,i dont blame him for running him out.Would have been wrong if he did it on the first attempt itself.

  • Baundele on June 4, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Sri Lanka's action is supported not only by cricket rules but also by the spirit of the game. When you are warned twice, you are not expected to do the same third time. Butler's action proves that he did not respect Senanayeke's request/warning. So, being out this way is completely deserving.

  • Malij on June 4, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    The people who are crying foul play ought to get their heads examined. Foul play is taking unfair advantage even after you have been given a sporting chance and warned couple of times.

  • on June 4, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Fair play. If they warned him in the poper manner & he chose to ignore that warning. Put simply, I'd have run him out too.

  • on June 4, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    Cook's comment in quotes "If he was properly trying to steal a single, I could possibly understand it. But he was half a yard out of his crease." So, does Cook mean that if a batsman is short by half a yard while running a single, he shouldn't be given out. Come on Cook, you can do better :)

  • on June 4, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    Cook needs to go look at the tapes of the last 2 matches and see who has "crossed the line" and perhaps familiarise with some of the modern laws...In the first Instance he is in no position to be preaching about the "spirit of cricket". Does he not recall the previous English summer when one of his players, Broad guided the ball into the hands of slip and stood there as if nothing happened. Cook publicly defended him. No words about "crossing lines" or "spirit of cricket" then! Broad was within his right to wait for the umpires call, but we can't have the captain now flipping his moral stance and lectuering others because his team was now on the receiving end! @jmcilinney I don't think India gave Thirimane a warning.

  • Malij on June 4, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    @ Darren Taylor - The defence of " a poor one and doesn't wash. Paul Collingwood upheld the teams appeal to run out Grant Elliott of New Zealand." does not hold as it was done after the batsman was taking unfair advantage by backing up and had been warned very sportingly couple of times. What else do you want?

  • Rahul_78 on June 4, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Mr.Cook "Taking unfair advantage by advancing down the crease when it is not permissible by the Law of Cricket and doing it after being warned twice is height of ignorance, disrespectful to the laws and the bowler who warned you and plain idiotic". One can understand the few in the press and media making a big issue out of it cause they do need headlines to sell but these sort of statements coming from opposition Captain is disappointing and sounds like sour grapes. Cook has put himself in a soup here by stating that "He will not do it". Best way to test his resolve is all the opposition batsmens should start taking a head start when playing against England. Everyone would love to see the reaction of the English skipper then.

  • on June 4, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    when it is under the rule it is fair

  • RG2008 on June 4, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Fair play to Sri Lanka. Buttler trying to gain an advantage by backing up, was well warned and England should just cop it sweet. Whinging about this is just a distraction. Couldn't imagine Smith or Clarke complaining.

  • on June 4, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    I think I know what Chappelli, would have done! Fair enough two warnings! What more do you want?

  • on June 4, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    Mr Gangeyamoorthy why don't you tell that to Mr. Karthik as well? He did it to a fellow Indian so in that sense you should also be hating yourselves. Despite all that, I don't think it's wrong. If anyone thinks Mankading is not gentlemanly, then you should not consider walking out of the crease before the ball is bowled despite numerous warnings gentlemanly either.

  • on June 4, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    The defence of "but it is within the rules" is a poor one and doesn't wash. Paul Collingwood upheld the teams appeal to run out Grant Elliott of New Zealand. His dismissal was within the rules. But it was still wrong.

    No matter - Sri Lanka can now have no complaints if it happens to them. Unlike versus India.

  • Yousufahmed1 on June 4, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Not a single Sl fan has the guts to even mention thirri incident in 2012 and Mahela said he wouldn't have even taken the bails off. but on that day there were over 200 comments by SL fans saying how wrong Ashwin was to take the bails off. PATHETIC.

  • criclover19 on June 4, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    The run out was with in the rule so I don't think there is any breaking of any spirit by the Sri Lankas. Taking a running stance earlier before the bowling means to be harsh on the bowler and on his team. Spirit of the team should be judged based on the honesty of team not on the situation of the match. In this case honestly looking, the batsman was not being honest even after being warned that is where the spirit of the game was broken and the line was crossed over.

  • on June 4, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    @ Saurabh Jadli o, If you're blaming Mahela for backing up then do not come up with any uncertain information. Come up with correct facts. Now please disclose in which match or matches that Mahela has backed up too far & bowlers stopped without delivering & make sure to give the names of such bowlers...... You just can't say " I have seen numerous times Mahela himself leaving crease...". Must admit at least one of such "NUMEROUS TIMES". Since you've seen it "NUMEROUS TIMES", I'm sure at least one of such matches sticks in your mind. So come up with the facts or do not come up with UNCERTAIN ADMISSIONS like " "NUMEROUS TIMES, SEVERAL OCCASIONS, MANY TIMES" etc. just PUT UP OR SHUT UP........ JUAT WALK THE TALK !!!!!!!

  • mak61 on June 4, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    Well, well, look who talks now!! In the CB Series 2 years ago, when the Indians withdrew their appeal for mankading Thirimanne, the very same Jayawardane said the withdrawal was the right thing to do. He then went on to boast that he would not have "taken the bails off" in the first place (suggesting that what ashwin the bowler did was wrong). Talk about taking high moral ground...What happened now, eh? Why defend his bowler? The height of hipocrisy!! However, i do agree that Butler was out and there was no crossing the line by Sri Lanka. It was perfectly within their rights to "mankad".

  • ksquared on June 4, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Leave it to Cook to whine about a single dismissal when the other 9 blokes didn't do anything flashy. This is just the distraction Cook needs to hide the mediocrity of this English team and his own pathetic form. Batting is in shambles while bowling is inconsistent at best if weather and conditions didn't play a part it might have been a 5-0 drubbing by SL, besides going into the series SL were strong favorites and they have a far better balanced squad with truck loads of experience compared to that of the English.

  • on June 4, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Cook is right. Line was crossed! But it was Butler who crossed it ;) Should have stayed in the crease :)

  • on June 4, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    When Ashwin-Thirimanne incident happened, Jayawardene said that he don't play like that and he spoke as the spirit of the game was the winner.

    Jayawardene said he wouldn't have even appealed. "I don't play like that," he said.

    Here is the link for that incidence and Jayawardene's comment. http://www.espncricinfo.com/commonwealth-bank-series-2012/content/story/554756.html

  • TheMysteryMan on June 4, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    @Chris Campling Exactly. Bowler's arm need to complete its revolution and ball has to be released before batsman is allowed to leave his crease. That is the law. I say, there is no need to warn the player when it is the law of the game.

    It is against the spirit of game for batsman to leave his crease before ball is bowled. Not the other way around. Umpires shouldnt even ask the captain. I hope ICC makes it clear that no explanation or consent of the opposite captain is needed in the future. No warning needed either. Do you warn batsman couple of times before running him out conventionally? You dont. Why warning in this case? If batsman leaves and is then ran out by the bowler, it is their mistake.

    Does bowler gets an inch in no ball case? He does not. Why should batsman get a yard when backing up?

  • Tinybaba on June 4, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    Three warnings in one innings is far too many for an adult ( if Butler was one ) Srilankan have done their home work well by looking at the videos of the match they narrowly won in Lords and seen Butler doing this everytime. So I dont see any problem of running him out at the third time. After all , new ICC rule clearly says it is legitimate and note that there is no requirement of pre-warnings or informing umpires of this before final act but Srilankan were too good in that effect because they warned Butler twice and even warned umpires prior to final dismissal. So England should correct their errors rather than point fingers at others . Srilanka , nothing to worry guys. Concentrate on your next big assignment. Go and win the test series .

  • Rally_Windies on June 4, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    I'm sorry Mr. cook...

    If the batsman was 1/2 yard out of his crease before the bowler is into his delivery stride....

    then it is completely in the spirit of the game to dismiss him !

  • jmcilhinney on June 4, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Mind you, Cook is contradicting himself as well. He says that a line was crossed but then he also says that he doesn't know whether he'd cross that line himself if put in the same position. Unless he can say unequivocally that he wouldn't then he really has no right or reason to criticise anyone else. The game was in the balance at the time and Buttler could have turned it and therefore the series. Decisions may change when the game's on the line. For that reason, I think that we should all, and England fans in particular, remember and appreciate MS Dhoni giving Ian Bell a reprieve when he was also legitimately run out, although in quite unusual circumstances and not attempting to make a run. India lost that game and that series yet they still upheld the "spirit of the game". Would Cook and Jayawardene both have done the same in the same circumstances? Based on their own words, Jayawardene probably not and Cook doesn't seem to know himself.

  • on June 4, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Pathetic is a word that suits the srilankan team, We Indians gave a chance to lahiru thirimanne on 21st Feb,2012. when ashwin warned him twice and then took the bails off when asked upon sehwag it was withdrawn. Same way Mathews should have acted for the spirit of the game and not to do for this in afraid of butler blistering knock. Where is the spirit of this game going? what Courtney Walsh did did was in spirit of game and what sehwag did was in spirit of this game. Pathetic lankans and pathetic mathews

  • HealthyCric on June 4, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    What is this with these people? There is a rule, not to cross the line right? Why are they making big fuss about it. How many times one needs warning before you run him out? Its not under arm ball or any kind!! It looks like Joe Buttler increased fan following just by crossing the line, strange world indeed!!

    No fuss, Just follow the rules.

  • jmcilhinney on June 4, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    I disagree with Cook and don't believe that England should have said anything because it was a legitimate dismissal. That said, Jayawardene is a hypocrite given that he had a few things to say when Thirimane was in the same position as Buttler but India declined to press for the dismissal. Thirimane had also been warned and was legitimately run out by R Ashwin. At that time Jayawardene said that SL don't play that way but apparently they do and now he's trying to justify it. SL did have a choice, the same as India did. India chose one course and Jayawardene basically said that that's what they should have done and now SL chose the opposite course and the same man now says that that's the right thing to do. I guess it's just a man standing up for his team, as many of us would do, but Jayawardene should have left it to someone else given that he just completely contradicted himself. He basically implied that "mankadding" was cheating and now he's says that SL had no choice but to do it.

  • sujith_sri on June 4, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    The only person who "crossed the line" was Butler.

  • on June 4, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    I learnt in primary school not to leave the crease before you SAW the bowler deliver the ball...where was Buttler looking? No cause for complaint...especially having been warned. Lazy cricket.

  • Cannuck on June 4, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    How about this guys… If one cannot Mankad a batsman, at least shouldn't the batsman's run be counted as ONE SHORT? After all if you do not touch the crease at the other end, the run's not counted by UMPS. Shouldn't the same rule be applied at the start of the run? I am sure if this was on, no one would backup and try to steal a run, or make a single into a double! No controversy, no issues on sportsmanship or the spirit of the game and everything taken care of the umps! How about that ICC?

  • Krooks on June 4, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    Absolutely Shambolic by Cook, he is not fit to be a captain of a club side, let alone an International Team. "A Line has been crossed? " Bollocks !!! Butler was doing it intentionally and he very well paid the price for it. As for Sri Lanka they are in their right to run out a batsman who seeks an unfair advantage. If Butler was reprimanded twice then I do not see any reason not to take his wicket via Mankanding !!!

    Get rid of Cook he is killing the England team with his nonsense. He has converted a decent team into a bunch of jokers who have lost touch with the real world, where despite the ashes defeat and the horrendous showing in T20 world cup, the despicable attitude continues.

  • on June 4, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    people have said here that it was a schoolboy error of buttler's to be out of his crease when the bowler was midway through his bowling action. why a schoolboy error? when i was a schoolboy i was taught never to be out of my crease beore the ball was delivered. t's easy - you watch the bowler go through the action with your bat behind the crease and then, when he has finished and the ball has been bowled, you switch your attention to the other end. umpires have to do it; so can batsmen. calling sennanayake's action "mankading" is incorect - vinoo mankad ran out the batsman without warning: buttler had already been warned. all he needed to do was heed the warning and not switch his attention to the other end before the ball was bowled. it was noticeable that during their innings sri lanka didn't.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on June 4, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    Pathetic stuff from England. If they're so concerned about the spirit of the game, why not instruct their batsmen to heed the opposition's warning and stay behind the crease until the ball is delivered?

  • NavinP on June 4, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    A completely legitimate dismissal, especially after a warning. However, I have to add that I somehow find it hypocritical of Jayawardane to unequivocally defend his teammate's actions today, when his comments in case of another game (when his teammate happened to be the batsman at the receiving end) were quite to the contrary. Read http://www.espncricinfo.com/commonwealth-bank-series-2012/content/story/554756.html

  • on June 4, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    ......a line had been crossed by Alastair Cook. Sad about his behaviour after the match as a captain.

  • on June 4, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    I am Indian and i support mahela on this. Alaistar cook ,rather than blaming mankading ,he should blame his poor form throughout the series. He is spoiling ENG cricket. He snubbed kp,who is the leading scorer for eng in Ashes despite 5-0 . Sri lanka warned twice,buttler should have been carefull. ENGLAND needs this,england should find a way to replace cook out of the ODI team.

  • on June 4, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    I agree with Mahela here. England are bad losers and this is not the first instance they have instigated the spirit of cricket drama for their advantage. So what Cook is trying to say here is that what Butler did was in the spirit and what Mathews did after warning him and the umpires twice was against the spirit ?? Surely there must be a different book that Cook is reading which surely isn't available outside England !! Now if someone is repeatedly doing something foul and the authorities are not doing things to check it in then what choice do you have... and 'Mankading' is not illegal... and the Lankan followed it to the dot... !!

  • rachits on June 4, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    crossed the line?? why, by doing what is there clearly in the laws and rules? i really dont get this "spirit of the game" nonsense - spirit of the game is breached when the rules are broken. like beefy said during the commentary, is it against the spirit of the game if the captain dsnt call back the batsman if he can see there is an inside edge n the batsman is given LBW. but again, this is to be expected - trust the english to whine at the first sign of defeat. if this is crossing the line, what about broad? and why was the entire team behind him during the edged behind controversy? THAT, if anything, was breaching the spirit of the game

  • DTSM on June 4, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    Alastair Cook, suggested that "a line had been crossed"….I guess he was talking about Butler……

  • on June 4, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    Cook is a poor captain not a leader. Leaders always admit their mistakes and correct themselves. He might be thinking how to save his position. Poor Cook whats up........

  • on June 4, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    As nonstriker Butler cant be seeing the bowler,when his intent is to complete a possible run or two.If Senanayike had bowled the ball,the batsman would have to attempt some backing up.Because the bowler stopped in his runup,Butlerwas found to have backed up too far.

  • on June 4, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    Very, very poor from England. Cook should have been ripping into Buttler for being so slack about one of the fundamentals of the game, and throwing his wicket away. It is a legitimate dismissal, even without a warning, although the convention is to warn first. He was warned and still stupid enough to wander down the wicket early, paying no attention or respect to the bowler. The fact that he was not "properly trying to steal a single" only makes it worse from Buttler, underlining his lax attitude. A junior cricketer is taught to stand with the bat in the crease, held in one hand so that he can be down the wicket but still see the bowler, and then when the bowler releases, start running (not wandering) down the pitch a few strides. It is a slack, arrogant attitude from England, and for Cook to defend it just shows that they do not yet even understand their own problems, let alone have a clue how to fix them.

  • mysecretme on June 4, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    I'm not sure what Cook is blabbering about. The line was crossed was by Butler.

    Repeatedly. Srilankan's just removed the bails.

    That said, Mahela should just shut it. He is in no position to take a higher ground

  • on June 4, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    I'm a huge fan of Buttler but that was a schoolboy error and he deserved it. Saying that, if Cook and the rest of the top six had actually scored some runs at a decent rate for once then he might not have been trying to steal a yard.

  • ada123 on June 4, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    Not surprised by this. Mahela and Sangakara are the biggest complainers the game has ever seen this. There have been two separate incidents with Razzaq and Afridi. As legends of the game, you expect better!

  • thush2014 on June 4, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    Here I like to remind to Mr. Alestiar cook ( I don't know that time he was in born) There was a Match Between England & West indies In Sharjah Cricket Ground, Great Brian Lara batting superbly. Spinner Asley giles bowling, & keeper Alec Stewart he was waited until Brian Lara's foot cross the line & stumped. That time Brian Lara given out. so I like to ask Mr. Cook where is your line what you are saying. & How many times we have seen not outs given by the umpire & captain knows it but no one come up . Where is the Mankind what you are talking??. Rule is rule for every body.we have to obey that & play the game. win or loose dosn't matter. If you don't want to win Please don't take wickets.

  • sramesh_74 on June 4, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    A batsman taking unfair advantage is not 'crossing the line' whereas a bowler running him out for backing up too far after a couple of warnings is deemed 'crossing the line'..Am I missing something???!!

  • on June 4, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    if some one say to be emotional in a big game. what about a batsman blocking by a bowler or slipping and falling while running..? all are under the rules. nothing was wrong.

  • BiSymonds on June 4, 2014, 3:55 GMT

    It was Buttler who crossed the 'line'.

  • on June 4, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    Stop making a make a mountain out of a molehill...! Clearly batsman's fault. End of.

  • KANCHANA623 on June 4, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    Well said Mahela! England should learn to play the fair game.

  • grizzle on June 4, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    A line was indeed crossed.... it's called the CREASE. And Buttler did the crossing. At a time when the ball was still in the bowler's hand. Which is why Senanayake ran him out.

  • SoyQuearns on June 4, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    For Cook to claim "a line had been crossed" & 'a pretty poor act' had taken place is laughable. The batman's was given sufficient warning that he should not be backing up as much. After such warning the player dismissed the batman under the laws of cricket. To infer that Sri Lanka was in the wrong could be misconstrued as bad sportsmanship. Further to this lets look at the the questionable act of English captains in the recent past all in pursuit of victory. Denying Graeme Smith a runner, not walking when out, refusing to recall Grant Elliott after a run out caused by a collision. Sportsmanship is a two way street Captain Cook.

  • on June 4, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    Where is spirit of cricket, when the batsmen doesn't walk when he had edged the ball to the keeper. But when there is run out like this englishmen start about spirit of cricket..

  • pragyanu on June 4, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    i am wondering hw quick one's attitude change....2-3 yrs ago the same MAHELA was very disappointed about thirimanne being MNAKADED. At that he had said that his team will not play like this never ever and now we r seeing what....Mahela defending same Mankading...lol!!!!!!!! n they talk about ETHICS lol!!!!!!!!!! i think ethics is what suits one's own goal...hahaha n btw at that time thirimane was reprieved and kept taking unfair start even after that

  • on June 4, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    Jayawardana right Senanayke warned Butler Twice he is an international player he should flow the rules. This not the cause of lost if others perform well result would have been different.

  • SLSup on June 4, 2014, 3:41 GMT


    No. Buttler crossed the line before he should! Then, I submit, that Cook crossed the line, too! This would not have been as big a deal if ENG won the game and series with it. Cook says Buttler was just "half-a-yard out" - Not so. He was at least a yard out when SS removed bails. Secondly, what's the law/rule then? - to allow half a yard out before the bowler delivers? Who makes that call? Cook? If Cook does then whose crossing ICC lines?

    Clear thinking is CLEARLY not Cook's strength.

  • on June 4, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    I don't have problem with it at all. Personally I may make a comment in the direction of the batsman but I wouldn't give him a warning. A bowler oversteps no-ball is called. Why should we let a batsman leave his crease early? A batsman only leaves his crease early so they can get to the other end quicker

  • rich26 on June 4, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    The only line that was crossed was Buttler wandering carelessly out of his crease, several times. Schoolboy error.

  • on June 4, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    after two warnings, It was the right thing to do. If it wasn't right, Cricket will not have such rules.

  • vjyK on June 4, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    Cook is correct in his words saying 'There's a line and that line was crossed here'. But it was by Butler and so was he given out.

  • thisthatg on June 4, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    I wonder , what is Msr Cook's opinion on sledging and does it falls under his realm of crossing the line

  • The_impartialobserver on June 4, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    I do not understand this brouhaha that accompanies such dismissals. First....If such a dismissal is something that is unfair then WHY have it at all!!?? Second....If the law exists, then why don't the batsmen comply?? I think the batsmen don't even deserve a warning. Sri Lankans were sporting enough to warn the batsman not once but twice!! Third....If the non-striker is allowed to have these starts, then abolish the stumping dismissals as well..We have seen batsmen stumped out by inches and not yards.. Fourth....If such a law does exist, then why do Umpires ask the onfield captain if he wants to call the batsman back!!?? Why put the fielding side in bad light. Do the Umpires ask the fielding captain's opinions in other decisions?? Rather..if fielders or batsmen appeal too much, the same umpires are just too eager to fine them!!

  • vjyK on June 4, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    If a batsman can be given out for being an inch short, if a bowler can be fined a no-ball for not having his foot an inch behind the line, how in the world a mankading is not in the spirit of game if the batsman is taking a lead of half a yard even after being warned twice? In the normal words by Eng team, SL played hard with in the rules of the game. stop whining cookie and let your players know its international cricket.. not street cricket!

  • on June 4, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    Agree with Mr. Jayawardene 100% right thing to do.

  • Biggus on June 4, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    If you've warned the batsman TWICE and he continues to back up too early and too far you have to run him out. I've never Mankaded anyone but I've warned a few over the years and they were smart enough to cease and desist. If they don't then what option does one have? Cook shouldn't be talking about the spirit of the game in this instance. I do believe a warning should be given however, and I'd look very poorly on someone who ran the batsman out without doing so.

  • JoshFromJamRock on June 4, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    Cook is only making himself look worse here. There was nothing wrong with what Sri Lanka did. This isn't about spirit or sportsmanship. Buttler was warned immediately and continued to back-up too far and yet expected to have an "Ian Bell" moment.

    Pathetic by Cook to blame Sri Lanka. Sour grapes maybe?

  • on June 4, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    I think it is not in thr spirit of cricket the captain should have called the player to come back

  • on June 4, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    Though it was in the books I wasn't happy about Butlers dismissal... But after reading this I believe he deserves....

  • on June 4, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    Though it was in the books I wasn't happy about Butlers dismissal... But after reading Mahela's statement now I stand with the decision taken by SL team.. Butler deserves...

  • C0l0mb0 on June 4, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    to all the ppl say its unfair.... Think what will happen to 100m Olympic sprinter if he/she takes false start...? warning 1st... then if he/she still doing it, he/she will kicked out by the rule (dont know how many warnings they issue)

    spirit of the cricket is play by the rule. even Buttler stealing few yards, SL didnt ran him out. continuation of trying to steal few yards make SL to take action according to rules.

    Where was the spirit of the cricket when Root gloved the ball and stood his ground?? itwasnt a faint touch, ih was hit hard n any human can feel it. He knows its out but stood there.

    Mathews words says it all.. '"When we travel to certain parts of the world, it happens," he said.

  • GasPipe on June 4, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    I'm sorry, but Cook needs to quit whining.

    It is not illegal, and it is not immoral. The batsman is leaving his ground early to gain an advantage, and should realise he is putting his wicket at risk. I understand his point that Butler wasn't miles out (only half a yard), but the fielding team should have the right to apply the law whenever it is applicable; we should not allow it to get murky by applying it subjectively.

    Senanayake was even courteous enough to warn Butler twice, which isn't even required by the law. The Sri Lankans were very professional about this whole situation.

  • aepvep on June 4, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    While Sachitra was in his rights to run out the batsman, but I think, Angelo should have withdrawn the appeal. Mahela, is being a hypocrite here with his statements. Rewind back to CB series in 2012, when Ashwin mankeded Thirimanne and Sehwag withdrew the appeal. Mahela in the post match interview said "Jayawardene said he wouldn't have even appealed. "I don't play like that," he said." His present statement is in complete contrast to what he said after that match. I guess when you are on other side of the appeal, its easy to comment about the spirit of the game etc. With series on the line, this decision I think was taken out of emotions rather than keeping fair play in mind. Nevertheless, England lost because of their poor batting and Lankans deserved this win anyways.

  • on June 4, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    There is nothing wrong in " Mankading". If Butler keeps trying to take a start and pinch an extra run, the bowler if alert can pinch a wicket too. Kapil had to do it once with Peter Kirsten i think. If you are warned and you still do it, then you are inviting trouble. simple as that.

  • on June 4, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    So, Mr. Jaywerdene it's fine for your team and if others would have done it against you, he must have made hue and cry. I have seen numerous times Mahela himself leaving crease way ahead before the ball being bowled. And, there have been incident where bowler stopped at point of time of delivery because of his behavior. Also, would like to bring to everyone's notice, a similar incident took place during an ODI in Brisbane in 2012 where Ashwin Mankaded Thirimanne but Sehwag the captain took back the appeal. Later in press conference Mahela slammed Ashwin for doing this. Absolutely disgusting from Sri Lankans and total double standards.

  • on June 4, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    I don't have a problem with Mankading. Cook saying that a line was crossed is being hypocritical because England have employed Madkading in the past. It would be interesting to see Cook's reaction if the roles were reversed. To me Cook's response here is just sour grapes because England lost the games. Whinging poms again. The fact is that Buttler was warned twice and chose to ignore the warnings. He has himself to blame for that ignorance and thus let his team down. Simple as that

  • bootlicker on June 4, 2014, 2:50 GMT

    Although I don't like the way Buttler was out, you have a point to prove. You guys have analysed the last game well and well prepared for this game. This is what Moores & Farbrace haven't done. Well said Mahela

  • randikaayya on June 4, 2014, 2:50 GMT

    It's rather unfortunate circumstance but as Mahela says, many batsman make a habitual early start and that can really cost a fielding team in terms of second runs conceded. The discussion of th spirit of cricket should apply both ways and ifm the batsman was warned twice not to take the bowler for granted I dare say a precedent has been set which might prevent future expooitations of bowlers goodwill by batsmen looking to score as many as possible in closing overs. 22 runs in the previous odi is a game defining amount and if Mahela is correct, a rather big hole in the spirit argument is revealed. I wonder what Cook thought of England snatching th Sri Lanka. Coach with better remuneration so just befor th series then!

  • Lakpj on June 4, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    So does Cook say anything about 'spirit of the game' when Root didn't leave the crease when the ball came right off his gloves.

  • johnstanley on June 4, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    I am surprised that Alastair Cook is making a big deal out of this run out. Rules of Cricket are made for everyone and that includes England. During the last game I noticed that England players were taking a big lead therefore taking an unfair advantage, which the Umpires should have stopped anyway. In this instance the Sri Lankan bowler warned the player and Umpire twice. What are the basis for Cook's compliant? I feel that the warning was in line with spirit of the game. Alastair is a good cricket player and should plan to play better in the Test in fight it out there by demonstrating his ability. The Umpires should start enforcing this rule so that there is a level playing field!!!

  • on June 4, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    Why everybody is talking about a fair play, spirit of the game ect ect? All the bias commentators & the England captain has forgotten what happened with Joe Roots dismissal. The ball THUDS on to Root's Glove & he didn't walk away after Sanga takes the catch. SL had to REVIEW the decision to get him out... SL had to follow the rules of the game to get him out. There is nothing wrong with Buttler's dismissal.. Especially with the new rules in cricket, the batsmen get all the advantages. Power play, Free hits, 2 New balls & ect ect have make the batting much more easier than the old days. And still they break the RULES of cricket & the fielding side warns him twice before running him out… AND England is STILL asking for a fair play and asking for another chance for the batsman??? Common England….! Stop crying & start to play by the RULES...!

  • on June 4, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    If fielders can't move after the bowlers have started their run up to the time they bowl, same should apply to bowlers. Similarly backing up should be punished. However Sri Lanka reacted in a different way when mankaded Thirimmane. So cut out this statement about about right spirit- it is total fair to play to win.

  • madas_xi on June 4, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    Mahela, I agree with you. It's fair and square to run out a batsman who isn't playing per rules, I'd say the batsman is the one being unfair by trying to gain advantage. However, I hate the hypocrisy... Guess who commented "I wouldn't have got the bails off in the first place, to be honest" in 2012 for a similar incident....


  • on June 4, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    fair chance given to Buttler. we all saw how SL Batsmen were in the crease until the delivery was bowled. Plus this is not the first time Buttler did this. Buttler didn't play according to spirit of cricket. anyway even if he was given a chance by Mathews, don't think he would have done better as he was tied down from scoring by our Attack. Hope Eng fans don't say that Eng lost the match bcz of it. SL was the better team when the conditions are right. Eng are only good when there are stop-starts situations n very gloomy conditions.

  • bobagorof on June 4, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    "I thought it was disappointing," Cook said. "There's a line and that line was crossed here."

    There certainly was. If Buttler hadn't crossed the line before the ball was bowled, he would have been fine. But he repeatedly tried to take advantage and was run out. Serves him right.

  • on June 4, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    The Cook disappointed by the Butler's dismissal

  • navakris on June 4, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    When Ashwin Mankaded Thirimanne and subsequently Shewag withdrew the appeal, Mahela went on to say, he won't do that (appeal) in the first place citing spirit of cricket. Now he is talking another story here... http://www.espncricinfo.com/commonwealth-bank-series-2012/content/story/554756.html

  • YogifromNY on June 4, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    Really, Alistair, you were "disappointed"? SL were perfectly within their rights to run out Jos Butler, ESPECIALLY since they had warned him twice before. Hopefully, it will put paid to his habit of running out of his crease before the ball is bowled. Good on the Sri Lankans to have stood their ground on this one.

  • Raj006 on June 4, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    Why do people make such rules when following the rule is considered unfair. I don't understand why should an umpire has to ask a the captain whether to follow the rule or not. Are they going to do that for a no-ball, wide and every other decision they take as well? You know the answer to it.

  • Patchmaster on June 4, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    The thing is......is Cook and Bopara had batted with any kind of intent, this run out would have been irrelevant, as they'd have won the game, but because of slow batting (again!) by the usual top order plus Bopara (again !) we just didn't set a target. So as an ENG fan, I have no problem with the run out, he was warned twice, and we deserved to lose for batting so negatively earlier in the game.

  • lobster_man on June 4, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    The only line crossed was that of the non-striker's. Sometimes you learn the lesson the hard way, and Buttler was given enough notice.

    Well done and way to go Sri Lanka! Next time, don't even warn them, just remove the bails, now that the whole English team knows the rules of cricket.

  • desiboy454 on June 4, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    I dont why the English think they play the sport 100% in the spirit. Its in the laws isnt it? ECB should appeal for the law to be overturned. Clearly Buttler was gonan be a good 2 yards out of the crease by the time the batsman played the ball. Thats a clear disadvantage to the bowler. Another thing, the law states that when you are trying to steal a single, clearly, the only time I have seen a non striker run no matter what was in the last over or to try to get the good batsman on strike during a chase. What about the during regular times? SL warning buttler before mankading him is called SPIRIT of CRICKET!! After the warning Buttler still did it, so they ran him out. Thats called FAIR PLAY!.. PLZ POST

  • on June 4, 2014, 2:03 GMT

    Mr. Cook, there was only one person who didnt stay within the line, and that was Jos Buttler. He was warned a couple of times. How is it fair that a batsman trying to take advantage by backing up too early?

  • on June 4, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    So Alistair Cooke believes a line has been crossed. Well, well Mr Cooke - it is your batsman who crossed the line several times and after at least two warnings. How would you have reacted to a similar situation when the umpires seem uninterested and the warnings fall on deaf ears? HM

  • 12thman on June 4, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    Alastair Cook if Senanayake overstepped by a few millimetres he would be no-balled and a run added to your total. Worse still if he had taken a wicket, it would have been overturned. So I don't see what the fuss was all about ? They warned him twice. He still thought he was above these Asians to heed their warning, so they were within the rules.

  • on June 4, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    Well said Mahela! If England are so spirited why did Root wait for the DRS when he knew that he gloved it!

  • on June 4, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    It's perfectly legal and Buttler was warned. I have no sympathy for him-two warnings should be more than enough, and the Sri Lankans did the right thing in this case. In many games, a few runs can make all the difference, and a yard or two can result in runouts and different scenarios, changing the entire game and plan. If Buttler wanted to take a few extra early steps even after the warnings, that's fine. It's just equally fine for the Sri Lankans to run him out after warning him twice.

  • on June 4, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    I don't understand this .When bell was given out against india it was a poor act .now butler ....it is the rule ..you have to follow it

  • on June 4, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    Yes, well said Mahela...We all have to play within the rules and you have spotted it perfectly about the last game at Lord's.

    Keep up your spirit SL..We won T20 series, ODI series..Why not Test series...Go SL !!!

  • Greatest_Game on June 4, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    England played poorly, shelled catches, batted slowly, conceded wides by the dozen, & Cook complains about SL issuing fair warnings to abide by the Laws, & playing within the Laws.

    If Cook is unfamiliar with the Laws, & unaware that the line crossed was the line demarcating the popping crease, & that it was Buttler who crossed that line, repeatedly, then one must question his suitability to lead the Eng team.

    Disparaging the entirely legal, ethical & sporting actions of his opponents to draw attention from his team's poor performance is not the sign of a mature, pragmatic & competent leader. Such a leader would have admitted "we played poorly, & Buttler was irresponsible for being pointlessly run-out, for the 2nd match in a row."

    The Laws apply equally to all. There is no special dispensation for Mr. Cook's team.

  • on June 4, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    As a neutral (Indian fan), I agree 100% with Matthews and Jayawardane. You run people out if they fall short at the end. Why can't you run them out if they take a false start? And a deliberate one here. They clearly had been stealing a lot of runs in the last match. At some point, you've got to put your foot down and enforce the rules.

  • on June 4, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    it shows Cook does not know the cricket rules. Please read the rules before coming in to ground. There is nothing wrong in this wicket. Do you remember certain Bell's run out couple of years back Mr Cook

  • segga-express on June 4, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    The most disappointing thing about the dismissal was the umpire's reaction. He should not have given it out. Ignore the spirit of the game. Read Law 38.2(a)(ii) and it reveals that the correct decision would be not out. Senanayake had entered his delivery stride before he removed the bails. Law 38.2(a)(ii) states that a batsman is not out run out if "the ball has not subsequently been touched by a fielder, after the bowler has entered his delivery stride, before the wicket is put down." Therefore the batsman is within his rights to leave his crease once the delivery stride has begun and the only recourse the bowler has is to not deliver the ball. If he wants to run the batsman out he must do so before the start of his delivery stride.

  • zuber21886 on June 4, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    What a thinking Mr.Cook. So England's captain is expecting that even if their batsmen leaves the crease again and again even after been warned, the opposition shouldn't appeal? and if they do it's against spirit of the game? What a pathetic thought, in reality England batsmen weren't actually playing in cricket's spirit, they weren't taking the warnings seriously and were doing what they wanted. Trying to cover your mistakes with such statements does no good to your image. People watching the game can easily tell who is in fault.

  • vakkaraju on June 4, 2014, 1:30 GMT

    I do not what Cook's problem is. The rule book states it is a legal dismissal. Besides he was warned. Suck it up. Tell your players to play by the rules.

  • A_musafir on June 4, 2014, 1:30 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene is 100% right. after 2 warnings if you keep doing the same things then no other option left. Buttler only can blame himself for that incident. He did not respect the rules.

  • on June 4, 2014, 1:30 GMT

    I get it, but i guess it doesn't feel best to the receiving side. But if i was captain i would manked him before giving any warning and withdraw it, give that as a warning. ICC needs to remove the confusion with this mankading, as Murali Karthik rightly said if bowlers are taking unfair advantage by skipping the crease why would they give that chance to a batsman?

  • jfgvjksnkka on June 4, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    I don't understand why people hate the mankad. If a batsman is out of their crease he is likely to be run out. Should we start frowning upon stumpings too?

  • on June 4, 2014, 1:25 GMT

    "If he was properly trying to steal a single, I could possibly understand it. But he was half a yard out of his crease. It's pretty disappointing."

    Really Cook? why dont we just have two creases at the bowlers side. One for the bowler and the other (half a yard in) for the non-batsmen?

  • GlovesOff on June 4, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    Looking at the replay, seemed like Butler was only 1 yard out of crease, which is quite ok. Not like Kapil Dev incident where he Mankaded the non-striker who was repeatedly backing up 2 or 3 yards, many years ago. SL have to hide their faces on this one.

    On the flip side, I think it is perfectly ok to run out the non-striker if he backs up too far, like 2 or 3 yards repeatedly.

  • on June 4, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    Well, the thing is he did it after being warned 2 times. It's a disgrace to Sri Lanka to keep warning and not to something about it. Its about time that other teams start respecting us. England were using bizarre tactics to demoralize Sri Lanka.If we bowled well, the English would not say "good Bowling SL" but say "I don't know how they did it".Well Alistair, we warned him 2 times, that's where he crossed the line and Sachitra took off the bails. As a captain of an International Cricket side, you should have enough brains to understand that.

  • ramab on June 4, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    Hey Cook - Why did your player cross the line even after being warned twice. Has England forgotten how they Krish Srikkanth out in the first match? Should the bowler ask the other captain if the batsman is bowled? C'mon it is part of the rules now - I don't even like the 1 or 2 warnings part. Tell your players to get their acts together.

  • JAINOLOGY on June 4, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    What is the point in warning a player if there was no consequence of it. England is OK with advantage of getting a head start but not OK with SL following through their warning. This one sided "win-lose" argument does not make sense at all. Stop hiding under "the spirit of game" when you are equally guilty. We all take responsibility for consequences of our actions and you are no different.

  • vatsap on June 4, 2014, 1:09 GMT

    The problem with these cricketers is consistency. The same Jayawardane vehemently supported his team mate in Australia and invoked the spirit of the game when Ashwin mankaded one of the Lankans after warning him previously. Thirimmane conveniently stayed on, even chatting with the striker waiting for the umpire to talk to the Indian captain.

    Mankading must be clearly made legal, that will put an end to all this Spirit of the game arguments.

  • on June 4, 2014, 1:09 GMT

    How else does this rule get enforced? Cook says he was "half a yard" out but how much is enough to justify a run out being "in the spirit of the game"? A yard? 6 feet? What's the benchmark Cook would accept? If you ask me there is a very clear benchmark and it's the white line that is already drawn on the pitch. It's vaguely relevant that it's common for batsmen to steal a foot or two but the other side of that argument is that they simply shouldn't be doing it in the first place. If Buttler was in his crease then there is no problem. Putting this back on the bowler and the opposition captain is a distraction. Cook needs to instead ask why the batsman was so consistently out of his crease that he could be warned about it, twice, and then so easily run out. That's not the bowlers fault or the opposition captain. That's Buttler's fault, but Cook doesn't seem to be interested in that. I fully agree with Jayawardene. England players are seemingly doing this consistently and deliberately.

  • on June 4, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    Modern cricket is governed by laws, not subjective interpretations.

    If that was against the spirit of cricket, where do you draw the line? If you review a clear edge that wasn't given out, is it then in breach of this 'spirit of cricket'...?

    Mathews made his rationale clear. Buttler was warned multiple times, why would the team in any reasonable capacity stand back and allow him to steal illegal runs in plain sight?

    Half a yard is a mighty crucial difference in a run-out situation when the batsman is scrambling to beat the ball to the crease. If I am to be disappointed in anyone, it's Alastair Cook and his unfounded complaints, I normally look up to him but this is rather shabby.

  • on June 4, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    What line ? don't create a line for your self Mr. Cook. You are no one here to teach somebody the rules. On the field some body doing a mistake in spite of warning, it is deliberate. It is mistake of the umpire to take the matter to Captain. He should have given out

  • b4u8me2 on June 4, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    What is Cooks problem? Sri Lanka acted within the rules of the game. How can something that is a rule of the game be against the spirit of the game. Why didnt Cook speak of the fact that Butler was not acting within the spirit of the game when he kept backing up too far. The batsman is at fault. If he is out then he is out.

  • on June 4, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    I really don't see what the big deal is anyways.... i mean after all cricket is a competitive sport, so the teams and players have to find means ways and tactics to shift the game and balance into their favor for a win...... and lets not forget that it is legal for a bowler to runout an off strike batsman, so this is all part of the rules and the game and how it spose to be played if people wanna make it an issue then the baord and whoeva is incharge should just not allow it or even just make it a rule only for 20/20 NS ODI format and dont have it as a rule for test matches.

  • on June 4, 2014, 0:50 GMT

    It should not have been out, according to the laws of cricket, as the bowler had entered his delivery stride.

    "2. Batsman not Run out

    (ii) the ball has not subsequently been touched by a fielder, after the bowler has entered his delivery stride, before the wicket is put down."

  • JAINOLOGY on June 4, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    Not that SL had to warn Butler before they run him out but if he was warned twice and the umpire(s) were made aware of the situation then SL did not do anything wrong. How can England question SL on "spirit of the game" when they are the ones breaking the laws despite being warned.

  • on June 4, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    Mr. Cook, care to explain how many times you expect to be warned? And what might be "not crossing the line"? Should they have revoked the appeal and allowed Buttler to continue? What then if buttler had continued indulging? Would then the line you so seem to talk so dearly about, might have shifted? Any Mr cook, a yard is enough to make a difference in almost 80% of runouts in international matches. As a neutral person, I find your comments are not in the spirit of the game.

  • Harry-S on June 4, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    England fan here, but I think Senanayake was well within his rights to effect the run out, especially considering he had warned Butler. As a batsman at the non-striker's end you are not supposed to leave the crease until the bowler has delivered the ball. Butler was trying to gain an advantage and paid the price. England can have no complaints. The Grant Elliott run out on the other hand was very poor sportsmanship.

  • on June 4, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    If England players think Mankading is against the spirit of the cricket how about the incident where Stuart Broad didn't walk after edging the ball to first slip? How come those two acts are treated differently?? If one Boos senanayake or SL team for being against the spirit of cricket then broad should have been banned from playing cricket ever again. and Cook says that he was not trying to sneak a single he was just half a yard away. But in a case of a run out or even a no ball the difference is often of very small margins . So a 1/2 yard is not a very small margin as Cook suggests it to be.

  • Ups1 on June 4, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    Well said Mahela! It's great to hear a fair view on this that isn't clouded by emotion, which is more that I can say for the England lot.

    It's quite clear to any fair observer that the so-called 'spirit of the game' - a rather vague and troubled notion in any case - was only being ignored and disrespected by one team out there today, and that was England. Jos Buttler continued to leave his crease after being warned, and that warning itself only came because Sri Lanka played within the 'spirit of the game'. They didn't have to warn him as per the laws of the game, and yet the did so. They were left with no choice whatsoever. Good on them I say, for playing within the laws of the game and within the spirit of the game.

  • shokisingh on June 4, 2014, 0:28 GMT

    Did Jayawardene just forgot the way he used to play.. remember the run out of Thirimanne vs India and Jayawardane crying "I don't play like that".. It hurts when it happens to you.


  • IndianInnerEdge on June 4, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    I think AC is just masking up a poor performance and defeat by his team with his call on the whole issue. If what Jayawardene says is true, the opposite batsman has been given suficient warnings, but if he persists in attempting to take an unfair advantage, he reaps the consequences. That said, i doubt if a gentleman and fair player of the stature of Vinoo Mankad, after whom this sorry incident is labelled would prefer his name to be associated with this incident. I would prefer it to be called a 'bowler run out' or any other name. In 1992 Peter kirsten was also warned before being run out. All in all, well done SL this should spice up the tests :)

  • frankx107 on June 4, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    The same Jayawardene cried foul and said "I wouldn't even appeal. I don't play like that" when Ashwin mankaded Thrimanne in 2012 at Brisbane under Sehwag's captaincy. Now he is taking a U-turn.

  • on June 4, 2014, 0:19 GMT

    Shame on Sri Lanka. It was not in the spirit of the game. If a team wants to win at any cost ,there is not much any one do.

  • doncl on June 4, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan supporter, I agree with Cook's comments about "line was crossed". In this case, Buttler crossed it and Lankans Mankaded him. At least the England captain spoke the same thing that the Lankans were saying. And Buttler was warned twice about crossing the line. So why are people bashing the Lankans?

  • on June 4, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    If it is so, good decision. Yes they had taken too many 2s' in the 4th ODI and this is how they did... when the book says it is out why is everyone crying for this out despite 2 prior warnings... Learn to take a lost... Like we Lankan Lions do... Good Win guys.. Thanks for the glories that u have been bringing to Mother Lanka...

  • on June 4, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    Wow. Mahela Jayawardene. Hats off to you. Defend your players, as if Sri Lankan batters have never taken an unfair advantage at the non strikers end. Kudos to MJ and Sri Lanka, clearly the victims here.

  • on June 3, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    Well said Mahela. They were taking undue advantage of the situation and now claims to be honest and cry "foul". What if he took a run to the other end after a miss-hit by the batter and just made his crease and not given out by the umpire by "inches" and on review he's shown half a yard in front of the bowling crease at the time of delivery? Will he be asked to run that half yard to complete the run by the umpire?? Laws are there to govern the sport and if you (England) are at fault, don't try to cry now, Mr. Cook.-Ajith Jayasekera

  • IPLbeatsEPL on June 3, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    Yes Mr.Cook, Buttler was only half yard outside the crease. But will you allow Malinga to step out one inch to bowl his delivery? #Spiritofthegame

  • on June 3, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    Sri Lanka did the right thing. It was very fair after warning twice not even once. lets play cricket by book.LOL

  • PeteEdinburgh on June 3, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    Good grief. Cook says that "As captain of your country, there are certain ways you want your team to operate". Well, we know how England operate - they whinge and moan instead of taking responsibility. If Butler either doesn't know the rule, or decides not follow it, that's hardly Angelo Matthew's fault.

    Cook then says: "I'd like to think I wouldn't do it, but I suppose you just don't know." So Cook doesn't know what he'd do, but he's willing to criticise Matthews anyway? How would he decide, flip a coin?

    The contrast between Cook's moaning and Jayawardene's common sense speaks volumes. Sri Lanka - respectful, but tough and smart. England - well, the less said the better.

  • tamperbay on June 3, 2014, 23:48 GMT

    I agree with Cook. There IS a line. Its call the crease.

  • on June 3, 2014, 23:46 GMT

    weldone SL and england should think about their act.

  • on June 3, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    Sri Lanka do not need to justify their decision. They were absolutely within their rights to run out Butler.

  • on June 3, 2014, 23:38 GMT

    I am sorry, but no lines were crossed. It was Butler that was crossing the line, by trying to gain undue advantage by taking a couple of strides outside the bowling crease, which, per the laws of the game is not allowed, unless the bowler has delivered the ball. So no, no lines were crossed. England at their pathetic best!

  • Aashiyer on June 3, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    Rightly said Mahela they were not adhering to the rules

  • Ravs1504 on June 3, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    Mr Mahela..Your dear friend Lahiru was trying to do the same thing when ashwin mankaded him but was withdrawn by indian skipper..but then you said.. oh we play as per the spirit of game.. funny how convenient are you guys are...

  • on June 3, 2014, 23:26 GMT

    Can see both sides of the argument to be honest. Move on.

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  • on June 3, 2014, 23:26 GMT

    Can see both sides of the argument to be honest. Move on.

  • Ravs1504 on June 3, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    Mr Mahela..Your dear friend Lahiru was trying to do the same thing when ashwin mankaded him but was withdrawn by indian skipper..but then you said.. oh we play as per the spirit of game.. funny how convenient are you guys are...

  • Aashiyer on June 3, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    Rightly said Mahela they were not adhering to the rules

  • on June 3, 2014, 23:38 GMT

    I am sorry, but no lines were crossed. It was Butler that was crossing the line, by trying to gain undue advantage by taking a couple of strides outside the bowling crease, which, per the laws of the game is not allowed, unless the bowler has delivered the ball. So no, no lines were crossed. England at their pathetic best!

  • on June 3, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    Sri Lanka do not need to justify their decision. They were absolutely within their rights to run out Butler.

  • on June 3, 2014, 23:46 GMT

    weldone SL and england should think about their act.

  • tamperbay on June 3, 2014, 23:48 GMT

    I agree with Cook. There IS a line. Its call the crease.

  • PeteEdinburgh on June 3, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    Good grief. Cook says that "As captain of your country, there are certain ways you want your team to operate". Well, we know how England operate - they whinge and moan instead of taking responsibility. If Butler either doesn't know the rule, or decides not follow it, that's hardly Angelo Matthew's fault.

    Cook then says: "I'd like to think I wouldn't do it, but I suppose you just don't know." So Cook doesn't know what he'd do, but he's willing to criticise Matthews anyway? How would he decide, flip a coin?

    The contrast between Cook's moaning and Jayawardene's common sense speaks volumes. Sri Lanka - respectful, but tough and smart. England - well, the less said the better.

  • on June 3, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    Sri Lanka did the right thing. It was very fair after warning twice not even once. lets play cricket by book.LOL

  • IPLbeatsEPL on June 3, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    Yes Mr.Cook, Buttler was only half yard outside the crease. But will you allow Malinga to step out one inch to bowl his delivery? #Spiritofthegame