Cricketers must be missing the fans and other ground personnel right now. The reason behind it is not only the support they received from the fans but also the help from them in getting the ball back whenever a batsman hits a boundary.
Due to the pandemic, the fans have been barred from attending the games in stadium and the number of ground personnel have been reduced too due to safety measures. As a result, the players now have the added duty of collecting the ball from the stands or in some rare cases from the parking lot whenever a player hits a boundary.
On Friday, Mitchell Marsh had to do the same when a six from Sam Billings went to the parking lot. The incident occurred on the final ball of the 27th over when a bouncer from Pat Cummins was dispatched for a maximum by Billings. The England batsman was a bit late with his shot as the ball flew over the keeper off the edge and landed outside the rope before landing in the parking lot.
With no one present in that area, Mitchell Marsh had to go and fetch the ball by himself.
Here is a clip of that incident:
Australia take the lead:
As far as the game is concerned, Australia beat England by 19 runs to take the lead in the three-match series. Asked to bat first, the visitors posted 294 for 9 in the allotted 50 overs before the restricting the hosts to 275 for 9 despite Billings scoring a fighting century.
Chasing 295, England started on a poor note and were reduced to 57-4 after a fine opening spell from Josh Hazlewood. Billings (118) and Jonny Bairstow (88) then revived England’s hopes but they eventually ended on 275-9. For Australia, Adam Zampa picked up 4 for 55 while Josh Hazlewood took three as well as the Man of the Match award.
Earlier in the game, the visitors had recovered from 123-5 to post 294-9 from their 50 overs, largely thanks to a superb 126-run partnership between Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell. Both Marsh and Maxwell scored fine fifties to rescue their team.