Watch: Bairstow does ‘fake fielding’ to run Steve Smith out
If there is one code that England failed to crack in the ongoing Ashes series is getting Steve Smith out. The English bowlers found it really hard to cause problems to the No.1 Test batsman.
However, in a recent incident which took the cricket fraternity by storm, England wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow pulled off a fake run out when Steve Smith was quickly on his way back to the crease.
After Jofra Archer dismissed Marnus Labuschagne on the second delivery of the 30th over, there was a huge relief for England given that he has been performing well in the Ashes series. With Matthew Wade being on striker’s end, Archer bowled a full-length delivery which pushed the batsman to attack.
The latter punched it past the bowler and started taking runs. The duo was very pretty quick in their running and is well on course to complete three good runs. After completing the double, the duo had to make much quicker for the third run and Steve Smith was on his course to the danger side.
After collecting the ball, the fielder, instead of directing it to the wicket-keeper’s end, threw it back to the bowling end. Bairstow was curiously waiting for the ball in a bid to have a chance of running the Australian out.
But after learning that the ball was going on the other way, he did fake fielding, by way of collecting the ball and then trying to dislodge the bails, but in reality, he didn’t have it at all.
While the onfield umpires failed to observe it, the commentators couldn’t control their laughter on air and after seeing the replay on the large screen, Jonny Bairstow who pulled off a fake fielding in an attempt to run out Steve Smith had an embarrassing laugh as well.