New Delhi: The catches of Australian players are spectacular, but it seems that the controversy is not leaving them. A similar scene came to the fore on Thursday on the second day of the second Test being played at Lord’s under the Ashes series. Joe Root’s wicket became the subject of controversy in the ongoing match between England and Australia. He was caught by Steve Smith and sent to the pavilion, but questions were raised on this catch of Smith.
The ball had touched the ground!
This scene was seen in the 46th over. Root, playing 10 runs in 18 balls, had got a life on 1 run, but made a mistake in judging Mitchell Starc’s short ball in this over. Root tried to play a pull shot on this ball, but he missed and the ball flew towards backward square leg. Seeing the ball coming here, Steve Smith ran and caught the catch by diving. Although the ball slipped slightly from his hand, he finally caught it.
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But this is where questions started to arise on Smith. Replays showed that the ball probably touched the ground when Smith took the catch. However, Smith, Starc and their team got the benefit of this catch and finally Root had to lose his wicket.
Just didn’t catch it tho did he pic.twitter.com/BV5l12Si34
— 🇻🇦𝕾𝖆𝖈𝖗𝖊𝖉 𝕳𝖊𝖆𝖗𝖙 🏴 (@thfcmxtt) June 29, 2023
He’s a view of him grounding it for clarity Gents. pic.twitter.com/wEL5NL6B01
— Jack Davies (@JackDavies27) June 29, 2023
Caught it did he? pic.twitter.com/K3a7iVBOkj
— Stu Brooking 💛💙 (@stubroos) June 29, 2023
It was exactly what happened with Shubman Gill in the World Test Championship. There was a lot of controversy over this catch of Cameron Green. At the same time, in the first Test of the Ashes, a catch by Green became the subject of controversy.