Michael Clarke however remained tight-lipped on he would deal with such an incident © Getty Images
Michael Clarke however remained tight-lipped on he would deal with such an incident © Getty Images

 

Jun 4, 2014

 

Australian skipper Michael Clarke has said that there was nothing wrong in running out Jos Buttler for backing up too much as it was well within the rules of cricket. There was huge uproar on Tuesday evening when Sri Lankan spinner Sachithra Senanayake warned first, and then appealed for a run-out while the batsman was backing up too much while the bowler was delivering.

 

“At the end of the day I think as long as the player’s warned it’s obviously in the rules so you can make whatever decision you want. Will an Australian player do it? I think I’d be silly to stand here and say, ‘No, it will never happen under my captaincy’. If something like that does happen under my captaincy I look forward to dealing with it at the time. At the end of the day it’s in the rules,” Clarke was quoted as saying by the official website of Cricket Australia (CA).

 

England skipper Alastair Cook though didn’t approve of the decision by the player. “I’ve never seen it before in a game. I was pretty disappointed with it to be honest with you. You don’t know what you’d do if you were put in that situation, the heat of the moment, until you are. I’d hope I wouldn’t do it,” Cook said in the post-match press conference.