Day 3 of the first-ever pink ball Ashes Test seems to be going in favour of the Australians. As they say ‘catches win matches’, the Australian players have managed to prove that. There were three caught-and-bowled catches on Day 3 which helped in the collapse of England’s lower-middle batting order. Mitchell Starc took an amazing catch on his follow-through to dismiss Jonny Bairstow.
In the 54th over of England’s innings, Starc was trying to angle the ball in by coming round the wicket. Bairstow was trying to cover the line of the ball and play it straight down the ground. Starc bowled one, swinging away from Bairstow. The wicketkeeper-batsman miscued the ball and batted the straight shot too early.
Starc was quick to react on his follow through and got one hand on it. The ball bounced off his right hand but Starc maintained his balance. He turned back and kept his eyes on the ball, completing the catch with ease. The response time was clocked at 0.561 seconds. Once again, the commentators were in awe of the catch as they saw the second blinder of the day; the first one was from Nathan Lyon to dismiss Moeen Ali.
Here’s the video of Starc’s juggling act to send Bairstow back to the pavilion –
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The English wicketkeeper-batsman got out for 21 runs off 50 deliveries, leaving his side in danger. Starc managed to take another wicket by taking a catch on his follow-through. Chris Woakes became the victim of his reflexes.
England batting lineup once again failed to pose a threat to Australia’s first inning total of 442 for 8 as they barely avoided the follow-on.