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England in Ireland 2019

William Porterfield blasts Ben Foakes for his delayed stumping of Andrew Balbirnie

Ireland captain William Porterfield has blasted England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes for his delayed stumping of Andrew Balbirnie during the one-off ODI in Dublin, saying matches could last "15 hours" if every wicketkeeper waited that long.

Balbirnie was on 29 when he missed an intended sweep off Joe Denly.

Foakes gathered a wide delivery down the leg side but waited for Balbirnie to raise his back foot slightly before breaking the stumps.

Third umpire Aleem Dar gave Balbirnie out after reviewing TV footage, despite Porterfield convinced the appeal should have been dismissed as the delay meant the ball was "pretty much dead".

"How long do you wait? We'll be playing 15-hour games if you wait that long," Porterfield said. "You can say it was great wicketkeeping or you can say it's a bit of a grey area of how long he takes.

"The ball was pretty much dead. The batsman wasn’t going anywhere or overbalanced. It wasn't like he had fallen over.

"The keeper has waited for three or four seconds, if we do that all day it's going be a pretty long game."

The move divided pundits, with some saying that it went against the spirit of cricket, but ODI debutant Foakes had a different view.

"It was quite wide down leg, but I got it back to the stumps," he said.

"When it's a sweep you think they might fall over and I just saw he lifted his foot and nicked them off."

The incident provoked plenty of debate, with former county bowler turned international broadcaster Alan Wilkins urging the ICC to take action.

"If the @ICC wishes to maintain its 'Spirit of Cricket' as part of the modern game, then the Ben Foakes 'stumping' in Malahide today should not be endorsed as 'within the Spirit of the Game'," Wilkins said on Twitter.

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