Nathan Hauritz Catch Defies Everything You’re Taught as a Cricketer
As I write this the Aussies and Nathan Hauritz have taken two wickets in an over to leave the Pakistanis reeling on 79/5 chasing what appeared to b e a measly total of 176. The first of these wickets, dismissing the captain Mohammed Yousuf caught and bowled, goes against everything you were ever taught as a cricketer.
As a young cricketer you’re taught that the safest place to hit the ball is straight down the ground. There’s no fielders behind the bowler and the full face of the bat works best. However if you hit the ball straight down the ground like a tracer bullet straight at the bowlers heart (via what looked like a dislocated or broken thumb in Hauritz’s left hand), this mantra cannot always be relied on. That’s what Mohammed Yousuf did and he’s back in the pavillion with Pakistan’s hopes now relying on the Akmal brothers.
Umar needs to live up to his growing reputation that seen him earmarked as one of the cricketers we will be talking about in 2020. As for Kamran he needs to ensure that the Sydney test does not go down as the test match he lost single handedly. Four dropped catches by the wicket kepper in the previous innings mean that Australia are now favourites thanks to Mike Hussey’s crucial and opportunistic century.
How will this pan out? Who knows?
If the Pakistanis pull it off a tantalizing finale awaits in Hobart.
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