Trescothick slams Kartik's 'Mankad' run out in county game as 'against spirit of game'

Sydney, Aug 31(ANI): Former England opening batsman and Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick has slammed Indian spinner Murali Kartik's run out of Alex Barrow against the spirit of the game.

Controversy erupted on the third day of the English County Championship between Somerset and Surrey at Taunton.

With the hosts on 5-191 in reply to 317, Murali Kartik ran out Alex Barrow, as he was backing-up and Surrey skipper Gareth Batty turned down the opportunity to call the 20-year-old batsman back when umpire Peter Hartley offered it.

While it was a lawful dismissal, also known as The Mankad, it is considered against the spirit of the game.

The Mankad is named after Indian batsman Vinoo Mankad, who ran out Australia's Bill Brown in 1947.

Kartik and Batty were booed by the crowd for the remainder of the innings, which saw Somerset bowled out for 294.

"I'm very disappointed. It's not something you want to see in cricket. I've never witnessed anything like it before at any level. Theoretically, Alex was out, as we all know, but it was against the spirit of the game," The Telegraph quoted Trescothick, as saying.

There were fuming scenes beneath the visiting dressing room balcony at tea, with supporters of both teams directing vitriolic comments at Batty and Kartik. (ANI)