Ashes 2023: Former India Cricketer Compares Lord’s Long Room To ‘Fish Market’

Jonny Bairstow’s dismissal on day five of the second Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord’s sparked a lot of uproar and debate. Bairstow was given out after dodging a bouncer from Cameron Green and going out of the crease. Australian wicket-keeper Alex Carey was alert to the situation and threw down the stumps. While England fans believed the game was over, the umpires ruled that Bairstow had not signaled before leaving the crease, resulting in his dismissal. The decision caused an uproar in the crowd and some in the famous Long Room at Lord’s protested against Usman, Australian cricketer Khawaja and David Warner.

Former India opener Aakash Chopra was not happy with the long room and the chaotic atmosphere at Lord’s. “There was almost a melee-like situation in the famous Long Room at Lord’s. What does this mean and where does it go from here? It’s a big question because if you’re watching it at home,” he said on his YouTube channel. Cricket, so this is a bit of a problem. It looked like a fish market.

Aakash Chopra also criticized the excessive noise made by the spectators during the run-out incident involving the Australian players. “When the Aussies were going up they were making a lot of noise for that one run-out. If you are rightly acquitted on the basis of law, then the debate should end there, but it did not end there and that is the problem,” he said in the video.

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Following the entire incident, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) apologized to the Australian team and even announced that they would conduct a thorough investigation into the behavior of certain individuals and the events that took place after lunch on the fifth day.

Aakash Chopra further commented on the traditions at Lord’s where players interact with members in the Long Room. He highlights the generally polite behavior of the audience, who applaud and express their joy. However, he was also quick to note that the decision had indeed upset the spectators, even though it was in accordance with the laws laid down by the MCC, which is responsible for making these laws.