As if Steve Smith’s leaves were not enough, Leicestershire batsman Mark Cosgrove has come up with even a more bizarre leave. Last week, Smith left everyone in stitches with his unorthodox leaves. In fact, such was his leaves that it was garnering more attention at one stage than his remarkable batting in the ongoing Ashes.
Smith came out with new ways to leave balls outside the off-stump. On the third day of the second Test at Lord’s which saw only 24.1 overs being bowled, he provided the crowd with some much-needed entertainment with his unorthodox and unique style of leaving the balls. While shouldering arms to the England pacers, he hopped, got his bat across and even turned behind to leave everyone in splits.
But Smith’s leaves are perhaps nowhere close to the one done by Cosgrove. The incident took place on Wednesday when Leicestershire were taking on Durham in County Championship division two. Mark Cosgrove’s hilarious leave came while he was facing Ben Raine. On one of the deliveries from Raine, Cosgrove came charging down the track.
However, Raine was quick to adjust his length and bowled a short delivery. Cosgrove was already committed and only had the option to duck to save himself from the well direct ball. However, Cosgrove decided against it and instead cheekily flicked the ball towards the slip fielder with his helmet. Fortunately, nothing serious happened although the umpire was quick to call the team doctor to check on the helmet.
Here is that hilarious leave from Mark Cosgrove:
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Talking about the match, Leicestershire are well placed at the moment. At the time of compiling this report, they were 252 for 3 in 96 overs with Cosgrove batting on 58 and Colin Ackermann batting on 53. Durham had finished their first innings on a huge 544 for 9.