Jonny Bairstow hilariously deceives Steve Smith: The English wicket-keeper batsman has gained a 2-0 lead over the Australian batsman.
During the third day of the fifth Test of the ongoing 2019 Ashes series between England and Australia at The Oval, England wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow once again got the better of Australia batsman Steve Smith. On the day before yesterday, Bairstow had faked receiving the ball to send jitters to Smith.
The hilarious incident happened on the second delivery of the 66th over when Bairstow played smart against Australia spinner Nathan Lyon. Initially shaped up to play the paddle sweep, Bairstow ended up guiding the ball through the slip.
Smith, who was fielding at slip, seemed to have not picked the English batsman’s ploy. With the ball passing in between his legs, it was clear that he got deceived by the tactic.
Bairstow, who came in to bat at No. 5 in the 65th over, ended up scoring 14 (24) with the help of three fours. It has been that kind of a series for Bairstow where he hasn’t batted well to his potential. In five Tests, Bairstow has scored 214 runs at an average of 23.77 and a strike rate of 49.19 including a lone half-century.
With Australia bundling England out for 329 in 95.3 overs in the second innings, they require 399 runs to win the series 3-1. Having scored 94 (206) with the help of 14 fours and a six, England opening batsman Joe Denly was the pick of their batsmen.
Jonny Bairstow hilariously deceives Steve Smith:
How Twitter reacted:
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) September 15, 2019
The crowds are flowing towards The Oval on a sunny Sunday morning in South London – will today be the final day of the 2019 Ashes?
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 15, 2019
England bowled out for 329.
Australia require 399 to win! pic.twitter.com/iA3XWlgREE
— ICC (@ICC) September 15, 2019
Paine’s online umpiring course has paid off already! #TheAshes
— Andrew Miller (@miller_cricket) September 15, 2019
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