Former England wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior termed Jos Buttler’s glovework in the Ashes 2021-22 day-night Test against Australia at Adelaide Oval as ” Lazy Wicketkeeping”.
England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler’s glovework on Day 1 of the Ashes day-night Test was very poor and he went from hero to zero in the space of a few hours.
He grabbed an absolutely stunning catch early on in the innings to dismiss Australian opener, Marcus Harris. However, after that, he went on to drop two easy catches of batsman Marnus Labuschagne first on 21 and then on 95.
Former England wicketkeeper Prior said that a wicketkeeper should dive “as little as possible” and Buttler didn’t follow that rule.
“Everyone thinks it’s the hands that get you the catch. It’s not, it’s your footwork and your hands follow. There were a couple of takes where Jos had a dive, that’s lazy wicketkeeping. You want to dive as little as possible. Because I did the job myself, I watch the keeper very closely and there were just little clues. As a keeper, you want to dive as little as possible. You get that one chance and that’s what you’re judged on,” Prior said as quoted by the Daily Mail.
With The First Drop, Jos Buttler Got Stuck – Matt Prior
Prior further showered praise on Buttler for picking a great catch to send Marcus Harris back to the dugout but he opined that after the first catch drop Buttler got stuck. He said:
“There was a great take down the legside to start things off and Jos did that by taking an initial step and then stepping again to give himself a really good foundation. The amount of ground he covered was exceptional. But with the first drop, he got stuck. He didn’t get a big enough step in and then he wasn’t able to go again. He threw his hands at the ball because he’d only covered half the ground of the first catch.”
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