Cricket: Australian captain Clarke backs controversial run-out rule

In this file photo dated Dec 6, 2013, Australian batsman Michael Clarke (centre) celebrating after scoring a century against England on the second day of the second Ashes cricket Test match in Adelaide. Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke
In this file photo dated Dec 6, 2013, Australian batsman Michael Clarke (centre) celebrating after scoring a century against England on the second day of the second Ashes cricket Test match in Adelaide. Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday said he had no problem with a controversial run out rule that marred the fifth and final one-day international between England and Sri Lanka on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday said he had no problem with a controversial run out rule that marred the fifth and final one-day international between England and Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

His England counterpart Alastair Cook insisted a "line had been crossed" after Sachithra Senanayake ran out England's Jos Buttler as the non-striker backed up at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

But Clarke said the dismissal was in the rules. "At the end of the day I think as long as the player's warned it's obviously in the rules so you can make whatever decision you want," he said.

"Will an Australian player do it? I think I'd be silly to stand here and say, 'No, it will never happen under my captaincy'. "If something like that does happen under my captaincy I look forward to dealing with it at the time. At the end of the day it's in the rules."