If Matthew Wade ever obstructed Mitch Marsh in the field, the Australian all-rounder would appeal.
But while Marsh made the claim with a smile on his face on Tuesday his English rival Tom Curran said his team would “go upstairs” if the match was a World Cup game.
Outrage has flowed from all parts following Wade’s attempt to stop fast bowler Mark Wood taking a catch in Sunday’s T20 clash in Perth.
English media, and a lot of local critics too, were up in arms that Wade’s move, where he stuck his arm out as he tried to get back to his crease after a ball was skied late in the clash, wasn’t penalised.
England captain Jos Buttler didn’t appeal, explaining he’d just arrived in Australia and was happy to “get on with the game”.
Wade’s form, having successfully appealed for obstructing the field against England in 2015 when Ben Stokes stopped a ball from hitting the stumps, has elevated the deed to worthy of national outrage.
Marsh, however, was less enraged when asked on Tuesday ahead of a return clash in Canberra on Wednesday night.
“Old Dusty Martin over there,” Marsh joked about Wade, referring to AFL superstar Dustin Martin and his “don’t argue” fend-off.
“Like Jos said, he didn’t actually see it, so it’s pretty hard to appeal if you don’t see something.
“Would I appeal? If it was Wadey, yes I would appeal. Anyone else, probably not.”
Curran, also speaking in Canberra in Tuesday, said Buttler probably made the right decision not to appeal in the first game of England’s Australian tour, which will take in the T2-0 World Cup.
But Curran said the decision would likely be different if there was more at stake.
“I did see the replay … it‘s a bit niggly isn’t it?” he said. t
“When you play a game versus Australia and at a World Cup for instance, your competitive edge will be out there and there‘ll be wanting to win at all (costs).
“In the moment, you‘d hope they take it upstairs and the best decision is made because ’Woody’ bowled a nice ball there and he probably deserved a wicket.
“Probably the right thing in the end was what Jos said, we‘ll be here for a long time … it’s a bit of fun, but maybe it’ll be a bit different further down the line.
“In those big moments, it could be a wicket that wins you the game or loses the game as well.”
The incident put to one side, Marsh declared Australia’s T20 World Cup defence “on track” after he returned to batting at No.3 in Perth and fellow all-rounder Marcus Stoinis was back bowling after recovering from a side strain.
Marsh said the combination of all-rounders – himself, Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell – was a crucial “team within a team” for the Aussies as they look to go back-to-back.
Although Marsh has not yet bowled in a game, having suffered an ankle injury, he said he would soon and the trio would provide the overs necessary to give Australia the “flexibility” to win the big games.
“As an all-rounder you just want to be in the game, so even if I don’t bowl, if I think I am going to bowl, you are always ready to go,” he said.
“I love the role that Stoin and I have and Maxy, and I think the flexibility we have, the best teams in the world have that. We are almost a team within a team, we are so close, we work together, we are unselfish, play our roles and hopefully we come together on November 13 (the World Cup final).”
Australia is set to play its best World Cup XI against England, with first-choice bowlers Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Adam Zampa all returning.