Composing for dailymail.co.uk, McCullum said that it was early days in Smith's profession, yet that he could possibly lament his choice. "It's most likely too soon in Steve Smith's captaincy vocation to value this yet one day he'll glance back at the Ben Stokes release at Lord's on Saturday and acknowledge he missed an extraordinary chance to strike a blow for the soul of cricket." READ: 8 cases when cricketers were rejected 'Hindering the Field'
McCullum said that he was talking as a matter of fact when he said Smith would presumably wind up being regretful about his choice. "We've every single done thing on the field that we lament later. I know I absolutely have. In any case, it was baffling that Smith had an opportunity to create an impression about the way he needs his side to play the diversion and decided to go the other way… I say that as a matter of fact, not on account of I need to have a pop at Smith. There was a Test match where I ran out Muttiah Muralitharan while he was commending his accomplice Kumar Sangakkara's hundred. I'd have done that any other way now. " VIDEO: Eoin Morgan protects Ben Stokes' response taking after dubious release
He additionally composed that Smith's adolescence as a pioneer demonstrated in his treatment of the circumstance. "Try not to misunderstand me: winning is vital. Yet, the more you play this diversion the more you understand that a few things are excessively profitable, making it impossible to ruin. By not pulling back the offer, Smith demonstrated his adolescence. He may live to think twice about it." VIDEO: George Bailey guards Steven Smith over Ben Stokes rejection
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Shielding Stokes' activity, McCullum composed, "My moment response when I saw the rejection was that Stokes was attempting to secure himself. The moderate movement replays get to be unimportant, in light of the fact that it was a brief moment choice by him to stick his glove out… The way that the ball hit him in the meat of the hand doesn't look great. Be that as it may, in the event that he's sufficient to prevent the ball from a couple of yards away with his head turned, he's playing an alternate amusement to whatever is left of us!" READ: Ben Stokes release: Kumar Dharmasena sympathizes with Stokes
McCullum further composed that the umpiring was not up to the imprint either. "I thought that it was odd that two accomplished on-field umpires felt the need to go upstairs to their TV partner, particularly after they'd flagged that they thought Stokes was not out. The convention will need taking a gander at. In any case, it could be said none of that matters. Likewise imperative is the way cricket is played. What's more, I felt Smith failed to understand the situation… As for Australia, they may think back one day and ask themselves whether it was truly justified, despite all the trouble. I don't trust it was." READ: Ben Stokes deterring the field: Steven Smith has no second thoughts ab