Clarke backs Sri Lanka's Mankad decision

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Australia captain Michael Clarke has backed Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews' decision to uphold Jos Buttler's controversial dismissal in the firth ODI against England, saying being Mankaded is perfectly legal.

Australia captain Michael Clarke has backed Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews' decision to uphold Jos Buttler's controversial dismissal in the firth ODI against England, saying being Mankaded is perfectly legal.

Buttler was run out at the non-striker's end by Sachithra Senanayake in the 44th over, with the score on 199, after being warned numerous times about backing up too far. While Alastair Cook felt a line had been cross, Clarke was more understanding.

A pragmatic Clarke said on Wednesday: "At the end of the day I think as long as the player's warned it's obviously in the rules so you can make whatever decision you want.

"Will an Australian player do it? I think I'd be silly to stand here and say, 'No, it will never happen under my captaincy'.

"If something like that does happen under my captaincy I look forward to dealing with it at the time.

"At the end of the day it's in the rules."

It was only the eighth instance of a Mankad in international cricket, and the first since South Africa's Peter Kirsten was run out by India's Kapil Dev in 1992.

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