Does Jos Buttler deserve any sympathy?

Jos Buttler is run out during the 5th ODI against Sri Lanka on 3rd June 2014

In a word? No.

He was backing up far too far and Sri Lanka were well within their rights to tun him out, as stated in Law 42.15:

The bowler is permitted, before entering his delivery stride, to attempt to run out the non-striker.

I suggest that he stays within the crease until the ball has been delivered in future.


  1. john77 says:

    Without having seen a video I can agree with your closing suggestion, whether or not he was trying to cheat by shortening the distance he needed to run a single.

    • Misanthrope Girl says:

      I recall being taught how to back-up properly when I were a lass and even in junior cricket back then bowlers were known to warn batsmen who tried this. Since I’d be surprised if things have changed in that respect, it seems Jos has forgotten his lessons.

  2. james higham says:

    Ah but do they ever learn, Clarissa?