Steve Smith nearly catches himself: The Australian batsman found himself at the wrong end of the Kiwi fast bowler’s bouncer.
During the second day of the second Test of the ongoing New Zealand’s tour of Australia in Melbourne, Australia batsman Steve Smith found himself at the wrong end of a lethal bouncer from New Zealand fast bowler Neil Wagner.
It all happened on the last delivery of the 101st over when Smith was found struggling against a Wagner bouncer. Having coped a blow on the blow, Smith’s awkward position saw him catching the ball himself. Both him and Wagner exchanging expressions after the delivery spoke highly about the ball.
Smith, who resumed his innings at 77* from last night, ended up scoring 85 (242) with the help of eight fours and a six. It is worth mentioning that it was Wagner who dismissed the top Aussie batsman in the 105th over.
As far as Wagner is concerned, the left-arm Kiwi bowler has disturbed the home batsmen with short-pitch bowling throughout the series.
Having got the early advantage that they wanted today, New Zealand are still battling it out to get past the sixth-wicket partnership between Australia all-rounder Travis Head and captain Tim Paine. With both of them scoring individual half-centuries, they have put Australia in a strong position.
Steve Smith nearly catches himself
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 27, 2019
How Twitterati reacted:
Steve Smith’s last three dismissals:
— bet365_aus (@bet365_aus) December 27, 2019
— CricBlog (@cric_blog) December 27, 2019
BIG WICKET FOR NEW ZEALAND!
Neil Wagner picks up the prized scalp of Steve Smith who falls for 85.
— ICC (@ICC) December 27, 2019
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