The sprit of Cricket has once again called into question after Jos Buttler’s controversial dismissal in the final match England's one day series against Sri Lanka.
The incident happened half way through the winner-takes-all game between England and Sri Lanka at Edgbaston.
Buttler, who was England top scorer in the previous match at Lord's, was stumped at the non-striker end after being warned about leaving his crease before the ball has been bowled.
Under the rules of cricket it is a perfectly legal dismissal, however many captains reverse the decision to keep the spirit of the game in tact.
England captain Alistair Cook exchanged heated words with the Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews his opposite number after the match.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match captain Cook believes there is a certain way that you conduct yourself as a team on the cricket field.
He said: “If he [Mathews] says he's going to do it again, it's up to him.
"As captain of your country, there are certain ways you want your team to operate."
The decision has divided opinion amongst cricketing pundits.
Former England player and coach David Lloyd has stated the Sri Lankans were totally within their right to stump Buttler as he had plenty of warnings.
Writing for his Daily Mail column, the Sky Sports pundit said: "The running out of Jos Buttler at Edgbaston was absolutely fine. I have no problem with it. There is no ‘Spirit of Cricket’ issue for me.
"Sachithra Senanayake had clearly warned Buttler about backing up too far - and according to the laws he doesn’t have to do that - and it doesn’t matter that he wasn’t charging down the pitch. The England man was out of his ground.
However England’s ashes winning captain Michael Vaughan would have reversed the decision if he was captain, disagreeing with Lloyd that the spirit of cricket hasn’t been affected.
Vaughan tweeted: "Wow.... Not so sure that's the way I would want to be playing the game... Angelo Matthews as captain should have stopped that...! Totally blame the Captain... He is the man who makes the decisions and should have over turned the decision... No way to play the game...”
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