What could have been a remarkable dismissal and an even more remarkable catch in the history of Ashes, turned out to be a disaster. Shaun Marsh survived in a bizarre manner as Mark Stoneman and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow made a mess of a chance in the last session of Day 2 of the Perth Test.
On the fourth ball of the 59th over of Australia’s first innings on Day 2, Marsh tried to flick the ball bowled by Moeen Ali. The ball struck Stoneman on his boot. Both Bairstow and Stoneman saw the opportunity and went for it, instead of calling for the catch. As a result, they ended up dropping the ball and a chance to get another wicket in the last session of the day and put Australian batting order under pressure.
Here’s the video of the dropped catch off –
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 15, 2017
The Perth Test is delicately poised between the two teams. Australia trail by 200 runs in the first innings. After two quick wickets of the opener David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja and Steven Smith took the mantle of rebuilding the innings. Khawaja scored 50 whereas Smith is heading towards another century.
Australia is currently at 203 for 3 in 62 overs. If they manage to get rid of the trail, Perth Test might turn into their favour which will lead to Ashes 2017-18 series win.