Last Update on: July 29th, 2023 at 10:21 am
Stuart Broad worked a piece of magic just before lunch on day 2 of the Oval Test. Australia were heading into lunch at a good position at 91/1 with Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne weathering the storm from the England bowlers.
In the 43rd over of the Australian innings, Broad switched the bails at the batter’s end with Labuschagne on strike. He first had a laugh about it with his batting partner at the other end Khawaja. However, the right-hander was dismissed off the very next ball as he knicked one off to Jonny Bairstow off the bowling of Mark Wood.
Nasser Hussain extraordinarily explained the sequence of events in the commentary. The entire thing was very bizarre for Labuschagne for turned out to be very lucky for England as they dismissed Australia’s number three just at the stroke of lunch with Joe Root taking a stunning catch to end his 82-ball stay at the crease for just nine runs.
It Just Worked Out Magically: Stuart Broad On Switching Marnus labuschagne’s Bails
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“I’ve heard it’s an Aussie change of luck thing, I’ve seen Nathan Lyon do it. We had a few play and misses in the morning session and we needed to make a breakthrough and I thought: ‘I’ll have a little change of the bails. It just worked out pretty magically that he nicked the next ball and Rooty took a great catch” Broad told reporters after the end of the day’s play.
He further explained his celebration with Usman Khawaja, who was taken aback by the sequence of events that eventually resulted in Labuschagne’s wicket.
“I randomly went and celebrated with Uzzy (Usman Khawaja]) for some reason. He said: ‘If you touch my bails I’m flipping them straight back.’ So he gave me an immediate warning” said Broad on his conversation with Khawaja.
Australia were eventually bowled out for 295 in their first innings getting a 12-eun lead as the umpires called stumps on day 2. In the first session, Australia scored 54 runs in 26 overs. England will walk out to bat in their second innings when play resumes on day 3 at The Oval.