England’s fast bowler James Anderson hogged the limelight after he put on a sensational full-fledged dive in an attempt to take the catch. During the third game of the Ashes Test series between Australia and England at the iconic MCG, Anderson tried his maximum best to pull off a terrific catch in one hand. However, that wasn’t meant to be.
The incident took place during the fourth ball of the 82nd over when Mark Wood was bowling to Australia’s Test captain Pat Cummins. He decided to have a go at the bowler as he decided to smack one for a boundary. As it happened, the ball travelled like a bullet towards the mid-on. Meanwhile, James Anderson who was patrolling at the region made up his mind to take the catch.
As a result, he put in a superb dive to grab the catch in his right hand. However, he couldn’t get hold of the ball properly. Although he dropped it in the first place, the commentators and fans were literally taken aback by the world-class effort.
James Anderson nearly pulls off a stunner to dismiss Australia’s Test captain
Cricket Australia posted the video clip on their official Twitter handle. The admin of the account praised James Anderson for his spectacular effort. Meanwhile, fans couldn’t stop talking about James Anderson’s effort. The video has been doing the rounds on social media.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 27, 2021
Pat Cummins who was batting on 20 runs was gifted with a chance. However, he didn’t make most of the reprieve as he was dismissed on 21 by James Anderson himself in the 85th over. Australia were bowled out for 267 in response to England’s 185 in the first innings.
England Test captain Joe Root top-scored with 50 in the first innings. On the contrary, Marcus Harris top-scored with 76 for Australia in the first innings. Meanwhile, England players find themselves in a spot of bother as they are stuttering at 31/4 (Day 2 – Stumps). Mitchell Starc and Scott Bolland have done enough damage already by taking 2 wickets each.