Sri Lanka have been cleared of going against the spirit of cricket by the law guardians at the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
While England players continue to moan about Jos Buttler's 'Mankad' run-out in the final and decisive one-dayer at Edgbaston on Tuesday night, the tourists can rest safe in the knowledge that they played the game fairly.
The actions of Angelo Mathews in upholding the appeal has drawn criticism from around the game, but at cricket HQ at Lord's there is no question over how they went about things.
An MCC spokesman said: "It is an emotive issue, but Jos Buttler transgressed a law of cricket and the club would not say the run out was against the spirit of cricket.
"The bowler gave a very clear warning and as I understand it the issue was also raised during the previous game at Lord's. In this instance of 'Mankading', the Sri Lankans have not transgressed the laws and it is not against the spirit of cricket to uphold a law of cricket.
"The law is pretty clear - It is an unfair advantage to be out of the crease."
England's players were still fuming over the decision 24 hours later, despite Buttler technically being in the wrong.
Ravi Bopara, with whom Buttler batted at Lord's three days earlier in a partnership that drew Sri Lanka's attention to the issue of stealing ground, was left less than impressed.
Bopara said: "It is definitely not within the sprit of the game. I wouldn't say Jos was stealing yards, he was just casually leaving the crease. It is just the done thing.
"For this to happen is quite sad, but if that is the way Angelo Mathews and Sri Lanka want to play their cricket then that is up to them. Hopefully, we don't step to that level."(Mirror.co.uk)
Comments - 27
Pramitha Fernando Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:13 AM
Check UK Mirror polls on this matter. 95% have voted in favor of SL's decision.
Anton Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:18 AM
Hey watch the whole match b4 opening ur mouth...Great work by Sachtra+Matthews
Ramesh Friday, 06 June 2014 04:21 AM
I salute Mathews for standing up to the decision. At least he had a backbone to take a firm decision and stick to it.
Well Done Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:20 AM
Shame on SLC.....now everyone will start doing this.....end of gentleman's game.
Don Brad Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:25 AM
when he is taking the action his bat is inside the line (0.12).
Gon Haraka Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:33 AM
Ha Ho , Ha Ho
Nilanga Thursday, 05 June 2014 10:05 PM
shame on you welldone... Didnt you watch Joe Roots dismissal so where you see the spirit of cricket dont hate what you dont understand -) via DM Android App
bummatta Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:37 AM
we sri lankans also dont get unfair advantage by breaking the law. i dont mean politicians, but ordinary people.
chandi Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:38 AM
Warning twice isn't it spirit of cricket....breaking the laws continouesly is it spirit of cricket?
Roshan Friday, 06 June 2014 07:58 AM
Coming next batsmen crease halfway down the pitch sponsored by England cricket board. via DM iPad app
aja Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:57 AM
your comments ( Shame on SLC) Mr wWeldone_ , are u british we have not done any thing wrong we are well within the rules and a warning given so just keep your comments to your self .
When Asians take on the White skins this is problem but if Aussie or Brit did this its not problem ..
aja Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:58 AM
[quote name="Well Done"]Shame on SLC.....now everyone will start doing this.....end of gentleman's game.[/quote]
You are joker ..we have not done any thing wrong , are u british
aja Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:58 AM
Whats the shame ???
suresh Thursday, 05 June 2014 10:12 AM
[quote name="chandi"]Warning twice isn't it spirit of cricket....breaking the laws continouesly is it spirit of cricket?[/quote] Well said !
yohan Thursday, 05 June 2014 03:44 PM
warning isnt break the laws of the cricket.I think it is very good decision..... via DM Android App
Suq Madique Friday, 06 June 2014 03:11 AM
Is it wrong to uphold the rules? Then its time to change the rules.
david Friday, 06 June 2014 08:42 AM
Gentlemans game died so long ago when englishmen went behind indian money.. via DM Android App
mollamaari Friday, 06 June 2014 06:24 AM
Don't let a stone take my glory!!
lkboy Thursday, 05 June 2014 10:25 AM
for your info, the "gentleman's game" ended long ago.
sss Thursday, 05 June 2014 10:29 AM
A reflection of the attitude of our society?
zeylanicus Thursday, 05 June 2014 10:31 AM
So you mean, the batsman leaving the crease before the bowler delivers the ball is gentlemanly ? That is not a shame ?
dan Thursday, 05 June 2014 10:31 AM
These present English Cricketers are just a pack of Jokers. They are playing International Cricket like village boys playing cricket.... They are just distract public and everyone to cover-up series loss to Sri Lanka
niro chathu Friday, 06 June 2014 06:40 AM
#welldone Are you a gentlement?
niro chathu Friday, 06 June 2014 06:47 AM
No matters with this, as a gentlement Sachithra Warned Buttler but he didnt react So decide who is the Gentlement???
R Fernando Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:05 AM
How does this bring shame on SLC? The gentleman's game ended decades ago when the cash started pouring in.
Kiri Gamarala Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:11 AM
When the British guardians of the game say nothing wrong Ravi Bopara has all the right to criticize because his Indian origin is anti-British.
Nelouferde Friday, 06 June 2014 03:57 AM
You need to go and see an Optician.
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