Brendon McCullum has cautioned Australia that a motivated England team will make the rest of the series less amicable because of Alex Carey’s infamous stumping of Jonny Bairstow at Lords.

After Australia defeated England by 43 runs in the second Test at Lord’s to take a 2-0 lead over them, the incident has taken over the news cycle. Ben Stokes, the captain, predicted that the tension would spread to Headingley, a venue known for its tense energy before the third Test began on Thursday.

With 135 not out, Stokes produced his second epic of the summer of 2019 at this point, bringing England and Australia to a tie. At Lord’s, he came close to repeating the performance when he used the controversy to his advantage and hit 155 with nine sixes.

What was anticipated to be a friendly series between the two sides has now gained momentum. Rishi Sunak, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, intervened on Monday to add his voice to those criticizing the tourists for failing to uphold the spirit of cricket.

Even though those who were not participating made the most noise off the field, McCullum predicted that the conflict between the English and Australian players will make the series more tense. Additionally, he affirmed Stokes’ assertion that England would have dropped the appeal if the situation had been reversed.

According to McCullum, the atmosphere in which the next three Test matches will be played would be affected. “I imagine it will affect it, I think it has to,” he remarked. They must accept the fact that they made a play in the end. We would have changed the play, but such is life.

“From our perspective, we think there’s still hope for us in this series, so that’s where our attention needs to be. What I will say is that the England team is a galvanized unit, and the fight we saw at the finish there from the captain, Broady, and the boys also shows how much this matters to the side. We’ll strive to recover while we lick our wounds.

“Fair play to Australia for winning the Test match in the end. It’s unfortunate that for the next few days, the most talked-about part will likely be [the dismissal], which is frustrating when you have millions of people watching from all over the world, a packed house at Lord’s, and everyone’s eyes on this series.

The actions McCullum took to acknowledge his past were not too unlike Carey’s. The former New Zealand wicketkeeper ran out Muttiah Muaralitharan in the second innings of the first Test match against Sri Lanka in 2006 after he had left his crease to celebrate teammate Kumar Sangakkara’s hundred after finishing a single. In a 2016 Cowdrey, McCullum acknowledged the event.

In my Cowdrey Lecture, I apologized to Murali, McCullum remarked. “As a younger man, I didn’t entirely grasp the importance of what the game and the game’s spirit signify to the game. Only with the benefit of time and experience are we able to understand that and value it because that is what sets the game apart from others. We’ll see in due course, but I get the impression that it might affect them

.A team that overcame a 2-0 disadvantage and went on to win the Ashes hasn’t occurred since Don Bradman’s Australia in the 1936–1937 series. The two games were closely contested, especially the first one at Edgbaston, which Australia won by two wickets. This gives England hope. If the hosts were to reverse the situation, it would unquestionably be their most memorable victory in this rivalry.

McCullum has confidence in his team to do the extraordinary provided they learn from their failures under pressure. The players continue to be in a good mood and have a tangible sense of excitement that they can accomplish something amazing.

“3-2 has a nice ring to it,” McCullum remarked. We need to polish up a few spots where the game has dangled precariously and we haven’t been able to seize it. We were aware going into this series that it would be close and have those moments. There is no reason why we can’t recover if we can accomplish it. Morale is up, we’ve played some solid cricket among other things, and we’re eager for the chance.

“We always emphasize that when we win and things are going well, you shouldn’t become too elated, and when we lose, you shouldn’t get too depressed either. We want to stay on the path that will lead us to our destination. Because it’s enjoyable and, in my opinion, it provides us with our greatest chance. Even though we are currently 2-0 down, I believe it gives us our greatest chance to win the series.