Comedy of errors as David Warner survives close run despite losing bat grip
In a bizarre incident that occurred during the current Ashes Series opener, Australian hitter David Warner was given a golden chance to survive in the crease after England’s Haseeb Hameed missed a easy exit opportunity. The incident happened in the 37th, when race leader Mark Wood was playing the last pitch. Hameed, who was lining up the short leg, failed to hit the stumps despite Warner losing his footing and the grip of the bat as he tried to get back into the crease after sensing danger when he started to take a simple.
Warner can be seen in the footage attempting to reach the crease after running sliding towards his strike point. Warner had left his crease to take a single, but when he realized that the short-leg outfielder was close enough to withdraw the bets, he changed his mind and started returning to the crease. Warner lost his footing running back, leaving him no choice but to wait and watch the ball head towards the stumps. Warner, on the other hand, reached out to reach the crease as soon as the ball missed the stumps and heaved a sigh of relief.
Ashes 2021-22, 1st test
Getting back to the Ashes, England were only eliminated by 147 points on Day 1 of the first Test match at The Gabba. Jos Buttler scored the visiting team’s best goal with 39 out of 58 balls. Haseeb Hameed, Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes were the other contributors for England as they scored 25, 35 and 21 points respectively. Pat Cummins, who was bowling in his first test match as captain, chose a fife to start his journey as the new leader of the Australian test team.
Australia started their first rounds on Day 2, where David Warner alongside Marnus Labuschagne forged a 150-point partnership after losing his opening partner early. While Labuschagne scored 74 of 117 balls, Warner crushed 94 points before being fired by Ollie Robinson. At the time of this copy’s publication, Australia are beating at 230/5 with an 83-point lead.