AUS vs ENG: ‘I’m Not Deepti Sharma, But I Won’t Do It’- Mitchell Starc Engages In A Heated Conversation With Jos Buttler On Non-Striker Run-Out

Mitchell Starc Jos Buttler
Mitchell Starc Jos Buttler. Image Credits: Twitter

Rain in Canberra washed away Australia’s chance to tie the three-match series against England, resulting in a no-result in the last T20I match of the tournament. As a result, England won the series against the defending T20 champions before the commencement of the World Cup in Australia.

However, the whole focus was on the incident between Mitchell Starc and Jos Buttler during England’s innings, in which the Australia pacer threatened to run out England’s captain at the non-striker’s end but only gave the batter a warning.

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc. Image: Twitter

Mitchell Starc Warns Jos Buttler

After the game, the commentators disclosed what the two players were saying at the time, which turned out to be a heated dispute. 

The incident occurred in the fifth over of the rain-delayed match, when Starc delivered the fourth delivery to Dawid Malan, who poked it back towards him. He gathered the ball, turned around, and instantly warned Buttler not to leave the crease too soon. 

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc. Image: Cricket Australia

The stump mic picked up Starc stating, “I’m not Deepti, but I won’t do it. That doesn’t mean you can leave early,” Deepti Sharma, an Indian women’s cricketer, ran out England batter Charlotte Dean during an ODI series encounter at Lord’s last month. 

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Jos Buttler’s Response To Mitchell Starc

Buttler responded by stating, “I don’t think I did.” 

Running out batters at the non-end strikers by bowlers in their delivery stride if a batsman is backing up has long been a feature of MCC rules, and this type of dismissal is no longer deemed foul play under the new set of rules issued by them. Deepti’s deed, however, provoked a tremendous controversy about the spirit of cricket. 

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler PC- Twitter

“No, I’m calling the batsman back,” Buttler declared last month, just days after Deepti dismissed Dean.

“No one wants to see [mankads] in the game because they always create such a talking point when it should be about the battle between bat and ball and watching great games of cricket. They always seem to happen at unsavoury times.” 

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