During the second day’s play of the third Test between Australia and New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground in which the former posted a total of 454 in the first innings, James Pattinson was seen getting out in the most bizarre manner possible.
In one of the short deliveries by New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner on Saturday, Pattinson tried to take cover and leave the ball. However, the red cherry did not bounce enough and hit the batsman on his arm and then bounced off his glove before gliding on to his bat and eventually hitting the stumps.
You’ve got to be kidding! James Pattinson can’t believe his luck! 😦@bet365_aus | #AUSvNZ pic.twitter.com/hSJIeCWdd9
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 4, 2020
In the first innings, Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne continued his stellar show with the willow and scored his maiden double century. He made 215 off 363 deliveries before his marathon knock was ended caught and bowled by spinner Todd Astle in the second session of day two’s play.
Resuming the day’s play at a score of 283/3, Australia lost two wickets in their way to adding 72 runs before the lunch in what has been the most even session in the match as the hosts had dominated the entire first day’s play.
On Friday, Earlier, Tim Paine elected to bat on a placid Sydney wicket which doesn’t seem to have much for the bowlers. The match started with tributes to the firefighters battling catastrophic firestorms around the country. The crowd at the SCG rose to its feet to join both the teams in a minute of applause to honour the volunteer firefighters before the start of play and players wore black armbands.