England were completely dominating the final test match of The Ashes 2019. Australia looked like they were completely being taken out of the game. England were sitting comfortably at 305 for 6 with a lead of 374. Tim Paine might have been cursing his own decision to bowl first after winning the toss. The body language of the Australians was getting down. They knew they were being played out of the game. They just wanted the game to end. And suddenly, out of nowhere, Steve Smith was horizontal. Chris Woakes went to drive a fairly wide delivery from Mitchell Marsh. It took the edge and Smith, diving to his right took a magnificent one-handed catch.
In a fairly below par match for Australia in terms of fielding, Smith led the way. As he has done throughout the series with the bat, he did it in the field. And as Marnus Labuschagne seemed to follow him with the bat since coming in as a concussion substitute, he did on that occasion too, in the field.
The very next ball, Jos Buttler top edged a ball from Peter Siddle, and Labuschagne took another good catch, running in from square leg and diving forward.
— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) September 14, 2019
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) September 14, 2019
Unreal grab, that. #Boooooooooooooooooooooooo
— Vithushan Ehantharajah (@Vitu_E) September 14, 2019
Taken two days and seven hours, but Australia’s fielders have finally decided to show up.
— Amy Lofthouse (@amy_cricket) September 14, 2019
— Jack Mendel 🏏🗞️ (@Mendelpol) September 14, 2019
The catch saw Australia end a day which they were almost blown away on a high. It also ensured that England did not bat Australia out of the match (it is at least highly unlikely that they will now with eight wickets down).
England are still in a comfortable position. They ended the day at 313 for 8 with a lead of 382. Jack Leach and Jofra Archer will resume the innings on the fourth day