Australia speedster Mitchell Starc warned England captain Jos Buttler to stay inside his crease at the non-striker’s end in an on-field chaos during the third and last T20I between the two sides in Canberra on Friday, October 14.
After delivering the fourth ball of his over to Dawid Malan, who jabbed it back to the bowler, Starc turned and pointed at Buttler.
The left-arm pacer appeared to say something to Buttler which was not audible, but the stump mic did pick up Buttler saying: “Don’t think I was”.
Television visuals and screenshots posted on social media of the delivery suggested Buttler was just out of his ground before the ball was released and, after Starc’s words, he went back to his crease.
Buttler has twice been run-out backing up. Firstly, during an ODI game against Sri Lanka in 2014 after two warnings from Sachithra Senanayake. And secondly, in IPL 2019, the then Punjab Kings skipper Ravichandran Ashwin ran Buttler out at the non-striker’s end when he left the crease early.
Australia versus England 3rd T20I highlights
After winning the toss in the final T20I, Australia captain Aaron Finch asked England to bat first. The match was reduced to 12 overs per side due to rain. England skipper Buttler top-scored for his side with 65 off 41 and remained unbeaten. Malan scored 23 off 19, while Ben Stokes ended up unbeaten on 17 off 10. Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins picked up one wicket a piece for the hosts.
The match was called off, with three sufficiently big rain breaks and umpires finding it difficult to get a result. The Aussies were reduced to 30/3 in 3.5 overs while chasing 130 runs for victory. England all-rounder Chris Woakes picked all three wickets dismissing Finch, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh