Melbourne: Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie has defended captain Steve Smith, saying that he was right to appeal for Ben Stoke's controversial dismissal during the second One-Day International against England at Lords last Saturday.

Jason Gillespie
Jason Gillespie

Stokes had played an attempted drive off Australian pacer Mitchell Starc in the 26th over, but only succeeded in hitting the ball back to the bowler.

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Starc made an attempt to hit the stumps and Stokes stuck his hand out as a reaction to avoid getting hit, but was given out for obstructing the field . England later lost the game by 64 runs.

"Stokes, for me, was out by the letter of the law," Gillespie wrote in his column for The Guardian.