Jonny Bairstow sledges Matthew Wade: The English wicket-keeper was in the Australian batsman’s ears on Day 4 at The Oval.
During the fourth day of the fifth Test of the ongoing 2019 Ashes series between England and Australia at The Oval, England wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow was heard sledging Australia batsman Matthew Wade on the stump mic.
It all happened exactly when Wade came in to bat at No. 5 in the 17th over. Wade, who himself was very vocal against the English batsmen in this match, received the same treatment upon his turn to bat. Right before he faced a ball, Bairstow was heard saying “G’wan Leachy [Jack Leach], let’s have the shit-stirrer here”.
Having been there and done that yesterday when England were batting, Wade didn’t reply verbally to the English cricketer. However, he made his bat do the talking by hitting a four off a slog sweep on the second ball that he faced.
Chasing a 399-run target, Wade single-handedly carried the Australian hopes of winning the Test series. With star batsman Steve Smith getting out on 23 (53), Wade took the onus of batting at a higher position by scoring his fourth Test hundred.
In an innings which saw the 31-year old cricketer batting at a brisk rate, he was also involved in an intriguing battle with England fast bowler and Hobart Hurricanes teammate Jofra Archer.
Jonny Bairstow sledges Matthew Wade:
— Al Kemist (@kemist_al) September 15, 2019
Bairstow getting straight into Wade pic.twitter.com/9I4ikEMkxn
— Nick Eve (@NickEve4) September 15, 2019
How Twitter reacted:
“G’wan Leachy, let’s have the shit-stirrer here,” says Bairstow, as Wade walks in.
Good bants and, tbf, if you giveth you must taketh. #Ashes
— Isabelle Westbury (@izzywestbury) September 15, 2019
Bairstow to anyone who would listen, including Wade:
“C’mon Leachy, get the shit stirrer here”
Wonder what the catalyst was to invent the term ‘shit stir’
— Adam Peacock (@adampeacock3) September 15, 2019
“come on leechy, let’s have the shit stirrer here” bairstow on wade 😂😂😂 absolute hero #ashes
— Beth 🇪🇺 (@BethEWest) September 15, 2019
Bairstow welcoming Matthew Wade to the crease with a bit of the old you reap what you sow.
“Here we are boys, it’s the shit stirrer, let’s get this one Leachy”. Bit more delicate than Stokes “you fucking wanker” yesterday. #Ashes
— Thomas Roper (@tomroper87) September 15, 2019
Did anyone else pick up what Bairstow just said to Wade?? Called him a shit stirrer😂😂😂 #Ashes2019
— Ibrahim (@IBBY_R) September 15, 2019
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