Cameron Bancroft catch vs England: The Australian opening batsman put on display an outstanding fielding effort at short leg.
During the second day of the second Test of the ongoing 2019 Ashes series between England and Australia at Lord’s, Australia opening batsman Cameron Bancroft grabbed a spectacular catch at short leg to dismiss England opening batsman Rory Burns.
It all happened on the third delivery of the 39th over when Burns’ attempt to fend a Pat Cummins short delivery saw him lobbing the ball in the air towards short leg. Bancroft, who was fielding at short leg, was alert enough to dive to his right side to grab the catch.
Just as Bancroft was landing, he nearly lobbed the catch but was again alert enough to catch the ball in the second attempt. Bancroft was recently hailed by coach Justin Langer as the best short leg fielder and his attempt today was an evidence to the same.
Burns, who opened the batting with Jason Roy, continued with his good form as he scored his third Test half-century. Before getting out, Burns ended up scoring 53 (127) with the help of seven fours.
As far as Cummins is concerned, it was his first wicket of the match. With the first day of the Test getting washed out due to rain, Australia have done exceedingly well to restrict England to 138/6. Australia captain Tim Paine’s decision of winning the toss and electing to bowl has yielded fruits for the visitors.
Cameron Bancroft catch vs England:
How Twitter reacted:
Cameron Bancroft has taken 11 catches at short leg in Test cricket, and has never dropped one. Nobody else in our database to take that many catches can boast a 100% record. #Ashes
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) August 15, 2019
Bancroft living up to Waugh’s best short-leg in the world compliment. Absolute belter. #Ashes
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) August 15, 2019
Short leg 🐐.
— Cam Gauder (@CamGauder) August 15, 2019
Steve Waugh about Bancroft. pic.twitter.com/RU2u0p6wD1
— Johns (@CricCrazyJohns) August 15, 2019
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