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After team masseur Australia calls a gun fielder for remaining three days

After putting the team masseur on the field in place of injured Mitchell Strac in the first two days, Australia now called a gun fielder from South Australia for day three at the Adelaide Oval.

Sam Raphael a South Australian gun fielders will field in the Adelaide Test for the remaining three days of the third and final Commonwealth Bank Test series against New Zealand.

Team masseur and logistics coordinator Grant Baldwin replaced injured bowler Mitchell Starc in the field for the first two days.

On the first day in a surpruising scene at the Adelaide, Oval Baldwin was urged to fill the void left by Starc in the filed. In fornt of 42,372 capacity crowd, Baldwin stood at the mid-on region for the majority of the New Zealand second innings.

Australia had three younger players from the South Australia Cricket Association (SACA) as substitutes, but Josh Hazlewood explained after stumps that the decision had been made to go with 28-year-old Baldwin.

“Grant’s obviously played Second XI cricket for Victoria and he’s fielded for us before on tours,” Hazlewood reasoned.

 

 

“We’ve got three young guys here who haven’t played first-class cricket and I think we’re getting a guy in tomorrow who has played for South Australia, so that will be good to get him out there.

“But we thought Grant was probably the best option (ahead of) those three young guys; it’s quite a pressure situation out there in front of 40,000 (people).”

Raphael, 28, has experience of 14 first-class matches for the Redbacks and made four appearance in the Matador One-Day Cup.  

Australian players are poor with their fielding throughout this series. They have dropped many chances in Brisbane and Perth. Captain Steve Smith has also become a reason for frustration as the he dropped two lovely catches at second slip from the bowling of Hazlewood.

But, Hazlewood did not want to blame the pink ball for the missed catches.

“I’ll have to ask the skip when I get back in the sheds … (but) I think it’s the twilight period when (catching) is at its toughest,” he said. 

“Once it goes pitch black, it’s not too bad.”

Meanwhile, Australia managed to get 22 runs first innings lead as they scored 224 over New Zealand’ 202.

New Zealand in their second innings ended the second day-night 116 for 5. For the fact to remembered, on the first day 12 wickets fall and on the second day 13 wickets. Nevertheless, the historic day-night Test is turning towards excitement.

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