Video: The most infamous catch on the Boxing Day Test

Sudipta / 26 December 2015

28 years ago to the day, former Australian wicketkeeper, Greg Dyer had taken the most infamous catch of the Boxing Day Test against Trans-Tasman rival New Zealand at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Australia has accomplished the most infamous record of underarm bowling against New Zealand in ODI. But, this catch, which did not nick New Zealand batsman’s Andrew Jones, who tried to play a leg glance.

The wicket-keeper Greg Dyer, 56, admitted that he knew the ball was not nicked off Jones. But he appealed  for a catch along with bowler Craig Mcdermott. Dyer on the eve of the Australia versus West Indies Boxing Day Test said he does not feel guilty for that “catch”.

The Parmatta Council CEO Dyer while talking to The Sydney Morning Herald said, “I had never, would never appeal for a catch that I knew was not out.”

Dyer had played only six Test matches for Australia. But, he is known for the wrong reason- the infamous catch on Boxing Day Test.

However, he is not driven by even the slightest sense of guilt over an incident that happened on Boxing Day Test 28 years ago.  He is content in himself and believes his peers who played with and against him are too think he upheld the quality he holds dearest integrity.

On 1987, New Zealand was touring Australia for a three-match Test series. Australia had won the series 1-0. On the Boxing Day Test, which was the final Test of the series, New Zealand batting first scored 317. They could have put a better total on board if the umpire did not miscue Dyer’s appeal.  John Wright and Martin Crowe had scored 99 and 82 respectively.

Dyer takes enormous pride in what the Australian Cricketers’ Association does to make life better for today’s players, and to pave the way for a still brighter tomorrow for those to come.

He feels he deserves more seven times more for 10 hours of unpaid toil to a working week that what he get as CEO of Parramatta City Council.


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