England captain Alastair Cook expressed his disappointment over Jos Buttler being run out at non-strikers' end as Sri Lanka secured a six-wicket victory at Edgbaston to win the one-day international series 3-2.
Sachithra Senanayake sparked an angry reaction from the crowd when he ran out Buttler to leave England on 199 for seven at the time.
The unusual event is a legitimate dismissal, but it is frowned upon and captains more often than not call batsmen back in such instances although Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews chose not to.
Despite a strong stand of 56 runs by Cook England were all out for 219 and the tourists held their nerve, courtesy of a decisive fourth-wicket stand of 98 by Mahela Jayawardene (53) and Lahiru Thirimanne (60no), to take victory with 10 balls to spare.
"I think you're going to have to ask Angelo why he did it. I'm obviously disappointed with it," Cook told Sky Sports 2.
When asked if it was something he would do, Cook added: "I hope not, you don't know quite in the spur of the moment about it but you know emotion can get the better of you.
"Until you are put in a situation like that you don't know how you would handle it."
In response, Matthews stood by his earlier decision and pointed out that Buttler had been warned to stop moving out of his crease early.
"He was taking unfair starts, not only this game but the last game as well, so we gave him two warnings in the spirit of cricket because I don't know how to stop a batsman from doing that continuously, but we had to go for it," he said.
Matthews was met by a chorus of boos from the crowd when he suggested he would do the same thing again if he had the chance.
"I would probably stick by it because what we did was completely within the rules," he added.
England coach Peter Moores reflected Cook's sentiments over the Buttler dismissal.
"Obviously Angelo has made his decision. It's not for me to comment why he did it. I was disappointed in it," Moores said.
"That's all I can really say, he's made his choice and obviously he's happy with it because that's what he said at the end of the game."
Moores was left to lament the fact that his side were unable to build a sufficient total, despite the pitch being slow.
"As a unit we've got to be disappointed we didn't post the scores. I think today if we'd got 250 we'd have been able to defend it," he added.
Looking back on his first international series defeat since taking the England reins for the second time, Moores praised individuals such as Harry Gurney and James Anderson but felt more consistency was required throughout the team.
"Individuals have done well but we haven't put it together on the same day," he said.
"The closest that we came was The Oval at the start so that is a bit of inconsistency but we've learned quite a lot.
"We've got to go away and reflect on that and decide how we put ourselves together for the India series, find out a bit more, and start preparing for that World Cup."
Cook praised his side's bowling but highlighted the fact that the batsmen need to improve.
"The batters haven't been in the greatest of nick and no-one's really carried us through in that series, with only one hundred, so probably the batting is an area of a bit more concern," Cook added.
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