Not even in his wildest of dreams, Jake Ball would have thought he would get dismissed when he flicked a short ball from Mitchell Starc in the ongoing first Ashes Test at the Gabba, Brisbane.
The Australia pace spearhead, while bowling from round the wicket, banged one to target the right-hander’s rib-cage. However, the English tail-ender managed to get a fair amount of bat on the whip. On any given day, the shot would have given the batsman a boundary, but David Warner had some other plans. The Australia vice-captain was standing at leg gully, and as soon as the ball left the bat, he timed his dive to perfection to take a screamer while being airborne.
Here is a clip of that stunner:
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Coming to the match, England were all out for 302 in their first innings. Resuming the day on 196 for four, the visitors started the proceeding on a confident note with Dawid Malan hitting a flurry of boundaries to score his maiden Ashes fifty. He along with Moeen Ali stitched 50 runs on the second day before Australia clawed its way back by dismissing Malan.
The visitors then kept on losing wickets at regular intervals before being eventually all out for 302. Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc picked up three wickets each while off-spinner Nathan Lyon accounted for a couple of dismissals. For the visitors, James Vince top-scored with 83 while Mark Stoneman and Malan too crossed the 50-run-mark.