Michael Clarke has defied the laws of gravity to take a stunning catch at first slip on day three of the first Ashes Test in Cardiff.
Clarke spectacular one-handed grab off Nathan Lyon removed Adam Lyth for 37 after the opening batsman had targeted Australia’s premier spinner on a flat wicket offering little assistance for fast or spin bowler alike.
The Australia skipper flew parallel to the Sophia Gardens turf to reel in the thick edge with a pistol grip and keep his side in the hunt for victory as England continue to build on their 122-run first innings lead.
The classic catch is not the first time bowler and fielder have combined to remove a top-order batsman.
Clarke grabs a screamer in Galle in November 2011 // Getty Images
Lyon’s first Test wicket was a mirror image of Lyth’s dismissal when Sri Lanka batting colossus Kumar Sangakkara edged the debutant to Clarke at first slip who claimed the sharp catch low and one-handed to his left.
And like the global Britney Spears hit of 2000, Clarke did it again in 2014 to remove England’s leg-spinning allrounder Scott Borthwick at the SCG the last time these two historic rivals locked horns.
Video: Clarke catches Borthwick in January 2014
Former England captain Sir Ian Botham analysed the 34-year-old’s catch on Sky Sports, saying the Australian captain was one the best slip fielders he’s seen in recent times.
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