Test cricketer Nathan Lyon is widely-known for his superb fielding, particularly off his own bowling.
However, the GOAT pulled off a one-handed “screamer” on Tuesday which arguably ranks as his best catch on a cricket field.
Facing South Australia in the Sheffield Shield, the New South Wales Blues were searching for early wickets after posting 373 in the first innings at Bankstown Oval in Sydney.
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Veteran Callum Ferguson came to the crease at No. 3 and threatened to make a considerable dent in the deficit, accumulating 44 on day two. He passed 8000 Sheffield Shield in the process, becoming the fifth South Australian cricketer to do so.
However, his innings came to an end three balls after the tea break, thanks primarily to a moment of magic from Lyon.
Nathan Lyon celebrates with his teammatesSource:Getty Images
Former Test paceman and Channel 7 presenter Trent Copeland bowled short of a length, and Ferguson looked to pull through square leg. However, the South Australian cramped himself and the ball flew towards mid wicket at a catching height.
Reacting quickly, Lyon pounced on the opportunity, diving to his left and snaring the ball one-handed, almost horizontal to the turf.
“What a catch at mid wicket … he stuck out the left duke and Nathan Lyon has taken a ripper,” the commentator cried.
“Oh my word, have a look at this.”
Watch ? this screamer by Nathan Lyon at Bankstown Oval #NSWvSA #SheffieldShield ?!!! pic.twitter.com/SsKJKnnvIq
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Copeland was pick of the New South Wales bowlers on Tuesday, claiming 3/38 in his opening 18 overs.
Earlier in the four-day match, opening batsman Daniel Hughes brought up his sixth first class century, setting the foundation for a Blues victory. Youngster Matthew Gilkes also posted his maiden first class fifty on Monday, scoring 83 for the Blues.
Joe Mennie — another South Australian one-Test wonder — claimed 6/103 in the first innings, his eighth first class five-wicket haul.
New South Wales No. 10 Harry Conway brought up his highest Sheffield Shield score, plundering a useful 31 at the end of the innings. However, the lanky paceman raised eyebrows with his bizarre leaves, reminiscent of Steve Smith during the 2019 Ashes series.
Harry Conway brought out the Steve Smith-style leaves in his entertaining innings of 31, the highest score of his career.@MarshGlobal | #SheffieldShield pic.twitter.com/u7Nj8iGUXt
South Australia are 4/109 on day two, still trailing by 264 runs — Australian Test vice-captain Travis Head is 15 not out.
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