Austalia‘s wicketkeeper Peter Nevill is under scrutiny for playing against the spirit of the game on the fourth day of the final Test match against Sri Lanka at Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC), Colombo. The host were 44 for 1, with Dimuth Karunaratne at the crease. Karunaratne let go an off-spinner, eventually lifting his back leg in the air. Nevill waited for him to leave his crease and took the bails off. Though Nevill timed the stumping, some thought it was against the rule. However, the batsman was adjudged OUT by the third umpire. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd Test at Colombo
“I thought he was going to move his foot out of his crease and he did. You might’ve seen on the footage, I had my hand right by the stumps waiting for that to happen, and it did happen and just worked out well that the timing was just right that it was out,” Nevill told Cricbuzz.
Nevill, nonethess, defended himself and added, “Well there’s always people who are going to say something like that [it went against the spirit of the game] but I don’t think it’s contrary to the spirit of cricket. If you don’t want to get stumped stay in your crease. You can sort of see, a shifting of weight and you’re expecting the back foot to come up. That’s the hunch I had and that’s what happened. Just managed to get the bails off in time.”COMPLETE UPDATES: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd Test at Colombo
He says he has witnessed such dismissals in the domestic cricket as well. “It’s happened a few times, in a second XI game in Australia there was one where the guy jumped after he played his shot. I know Hadds [Brad Haddin] has tried to do it a million times as well, so I think that’s rubbed off on me.”
He says he finds nothing wrong in such dismissals, and it was done the right way.”We don’t know if we will get a chance to effect that kind of dismissal, but if we do, we would have to take that opportunity,” he said. “I don’t see it as a wrong thing. But you can’t also take wickets in a way that is against the spirit of the sport.”
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