Australia‘s right-hand destructive batsman George Bailey has come out in support of his captain Steven Smith. Smith had said earlier that there was no foul play involved in the controversial obstructing the filed dismissal of Ben Stokes. 32-year old batsman thinks that if England captain Eoin Morgan feels that Stokes should had been called back then many players have to be called back. According to Bailey (who scored 54 of 72 balls in the same match), this is part and parcel of the game. Many times players are given out and the decision could have gone either way. The Tasmanian batter added that although Stokes had not deliberately done it but still it was a case for obstructing the field. READ: Steven Smith has no regrets about decision involving Ben Stokes, during 2nd England vs Australia 2015 ODI

In a conversation with cricket.com.au Bailey said, “He’s [Morgan] obviously very emotional about it still – and that’s fine, he was out there – but we think the ball was going to hit the stumps, he [Stokes] was out of his crease and he put his hand up when the ball wasn’t going to hit him anyway. I think if the ball was going to go four metres wide [of the stumps], I don’t think we would’ve appealed. It was the fact we thought the ball was going to hit the stumps. And if he didn’t put his hand up we’d have known if the ball was going to hit the stumps. It’s a big call for Eoin to say that [he would have withdrawn the appeal]. I assume if that’s how he feels then any time a batter nicks one onto his pad and gets given out lbw, or gets wrongfully given out caught behind, he’ll call them back as well.” VIDEO: Ben Stokes’ reaction was not deliberate, reasserts Eoin Morgan

“I think the correct decision was made. I don’t think the ball was going to hit him. I think the ball was going to hit the stumps, and he was out of his crease. I don’t think there was any need for him to put his hand up to defend himself. I’m 100 per cent sure the discussion in the middle [among the Australian players] was if the ball wasn’t going to hit the stumps we wouldn’t have appealed. I would’ve done [the same]. The crowd got into it, which was great, but once the emotion is taken out of it I’m very comfortable with the fact we thought the ball was going to hit the stumps, he’s out of his crease. To give it a different slant, if he’d hit the ball to cover and the throw was from cover and he was that far out of his crease and he put his hand up I think the same thing. Something similar did happen to the same bloke in the (Lord’s) Test match, didn’t it? That (getting back to his crease) might be something he needs to work on.” READ: Ben Stokes out ‘Obstructing the field’ off Mitchell Starc throw during 2nd England vs Australia 2015 ODI at Lord’s

Bailey thinks that crowd booing Starc was not in spirit of the game, “I think the crowd like to boo a ‘Mitch’ over here, don’t they? They’ve probably been missing Mitchell Johnson for a couple of weeks. That might wake them up a bit – and the north [of England] haven’t had much cricket, so they’ll get to see a bit of good cricket as well.”