How a frosty lunch at Lord’s following Jonny Bairstow’s controversial stumping in the Ashes left Australia in stitches as Marnus Labuschagne lifts the lid on David Warner’s feisty two-word response to angry England star
- Australia’s cricketers have revealed what happened during lunch at Lord’s
- Tensions were high following Jonny Bairstow’s controversial stumping
- David Warner snapped back at the Englishman in the lunch room
Australia stars have spilled the beans on a very awkward lunch at Lord’s in the immediate aftermath of Jonny Bairstow’s controversial stumping.
Wicketkeeper Alex Carey’s swift reaction to dismiss Bairstow, when the Englishman assumed a Cameron Green delivery was dead, set the tone for an explosive series between England and Australia in the Ashes.
The incident opened up a huge debate over ‘the spirit of cricket’ with Australia insisting their conscience remains clear despite some fans and pundits questioning the morality of the move.
The stumping happened just before lunch at the Home of Cricket, and speaking to 7Sport, a handful of Australia stars have revealed that there was a frosty atmosphere between both sets of players during the meal.
Marnus Labuschagne revealed that Bairstow refused to eat anything before firing a shot at opener David Warner, to which the veteran responded tersely.
Australia’s stars have spilled the beans on a very awkward lunch at Lord’s in the Ashes
‘I was in the lunch room,’ he said. ‘Jonny was steaming, absolutely steaming. He walked in the lunch room and didn’t have lunch.
‘The Sky crew knew that Jonny was in there and they just replayed it on the screen. And as you do, everyone’s watching. Obviously seeing us all watch, he’s like “are you guys happy with that?”
‘David Warner’s spitting out his chicken and goes “yeah, very.” The only words said.’
Steve Smith added: ‘It was funny,’ while Mitch Marsh said the Aussies struggled to stifle their laughter after Warner’s comment.
‘Remember at school when the teacher tells you off and you shouldn’t be laughing? Well, I was trying to eat my soup, so if you can imagine, I’m eating my soup and I’m shaking like this, and I’m just trying to look down and I look up at Jonny and I had pumpkin soup coming down my whites.’
Travis Head said: ‘I had my back turned to Jonny but I could imagine Jonny looking at us and when David said, “very”, me and a few others got the shoulder shakes.
Jonny Bairstow was controversially dismissed on the fifth day of the second Ashes Test
Bairstow did not eat any lunch following the dismissal that set tongues wagging in cricket
‘He (Bairstow) would have seen three shoulders pucking with their heads down.’
And Usman Khawaja claimed that even some of the England stars found the exchange amusing.
‘I walked out with a couple of the English boys and they were giggling,’ he said.
‘Bairstow still hasn’t eaten anything. He sat the whole time. So I’ve finished up and left and Jonny hadn’t touched anything.’
The hostilities continued for the remainder of the series, culminating in the players not sharing beers after the fifth Test at the Oval.