England’s wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor showed her brilliant gloves work once again on Saturday as she added yet another superb stumping to her already impressive long list. Taylor left the cricketing world gasping for breath with her lightning-fast work with the gloves during England’s opening one-day international against South Africa.
The odds were firmly up against Taylor. She was standing close to the stumps while keeping up to pace spearhead Anya Shrubsole. Moreover, the ball was going well down the leg-side. However, nothing mattered in the end as Taylor seamlessly collected the delivery and whipped off the bails to leave Sune Luus stranded outside her crease.
Later, the television footage revealed the Shrubsole delivery was travelling at around 110km/hr, with Taylor’s reaction time estimated to be a scarcely-believable 0.6 seconds.
Simply incredible! @Sarah_Taylor30 with the fastest hands in the game ?
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 9, 2018
Well, the stunning effort did not earn Taylor’s team a win over the Proteas. However, it was enough for her to earn praise from none other than the legendary Adam Gilchrist. One of the best wicketkeepers the game has ever seen, Gilchrist was so impressed with Taylor’s work that he declared the Englishwoman the “best wicketkeeper in the game”.
He took to Twitter to lavish praise on Taylor, writing:
“Best in the world. @Sarah_Taylor30”
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) June 11, 2018
Coming to the game, South Africa stunned the reigning world champions by seven wickets. The win was South Africa’s first win against England on UK soil since 2003. Batting first, England were reeling at 97 for 8 , before an unbeaten 72 from Brunt helped them post a respectable 189 for 8.
In reply South Africa rode on fifties from Lizelle Lee (92no) and captain Dane van Niekerk (58) to take a 1-0 lead in the three-game series.