Australian pacer James Pattinson started his final bid to be part of the Ashes squad as he made his return for Victoria in Sheffield Shield. The right-arm pacer went wicketless in eight overs that he bowled but his odd dismissal was really the highlight of the day.
The left-handed batsman was out in a bizarre manner as he himself guided the ball towards the stumps, that was the most unusual way to get out.
It was in the 47th over when Pattinson was facing pacer Trent Copeland. Pattinson defended a ball that was coming back towards him.
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In a bid to shove the ball away from going on to stumps, he hit it but mistakenly, he himself guided the ball straight on to the stumps, thus gifting his wicket to Copeland.
He wanted to guide the ball in another direction but instead, the ball went on to make a contact with the stumps. He was dismissed on a score of 8 off 34.
Victoria could just play 55.3 overs in which they were dismissed on a score of 106.
Nic Maddinson was the highest rn-scorer for Victoria with an innings of 24.
Australian Test batsman Will Pucovski batted for 75 deliveres but was dismissed on 19, that included three boundaries.
The Victorian bowlers also tested New South Wales’ batsmen as they were seven down on 97 after 40 overs at stumps.
Left-arm spinner John Holland shone on day 1 with a spell of 14-2-27-5 that saw New South Wales crumbling in the second innings of the game.
Opener Daniel Hughes was the highest run-scorer for his side with a score of 45 off 70.
Australian Test batsman Kurtis Patterson, who has a strong chance of retaining his Test spot, was dismissed on 9 off 17.
Peter Nevill remained not out on 8 off 33 and will come out to bat on day 2 along with Harry Conway.
New South Wales are still nine runs away from Victoria’s total and will aim to get the first innings lead.
Going ahead, the focus will be on the players who do have a chance to earn a spot in Ashes squad, that includes James Pattinson.