Josh Hazlewood created problems for English batsmen in the second innings on Day 4 of the Perth Test with the new ball. The Ashes 2017-18 Test series have witnessed a few amazing caught-and-bowled catches, including that of Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc’s. Hazlewood joined the list with a stunning return-catch to dismiss an out-of-form Alastair Cook at the WACA, Perth.
On the third ball of the 8th over, Hazlewood pitched the ball up to Cook. It looked like the ball slowed a bit before coming on to the bat. Cook, going for a close-batted shot, stepped up to take the shot early and ended up playing it in the air. The ball took the leading edge off the bat. Hazlewood was quick to react as he took the one-handed catch on his follow-through.
Here is the video including Cook’s last three dismissals at the WACA –
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Cook continued his bad run in the series as he got out for just 14 runs off 20 balls, leaving his side in the danger in a do-or-die Test to save the series.
England are currently struggling to save the series as they are trailing by 127 runs at Day 4 stumps. They lost 4 wickets before rain played spoilsport.