The No.1 Test batsman Steve Smith is hogging the limelight in the ongoing Sheffield Shield not just with the bat but with his bowling as well. After scoring his career's slowest first-class century, Smith got his first wicket in the New South Wales vs Western Australia clash on Thursday. Western Australia batsman Josh Inglis got out in one of the most bizarre ways possible.
New South Wales skipper Peter Nevill introduced Smith into the attack to break the eighth-wicket partnership. Inglis and Ashton Agar were frustrating the bowlers by taking the defensive mode.
As Smith bowled a full-pitched delivery on the off-side coming round the wicket, the wicketkeeper-batsman went for a booming drive. Inglis could not find the gap but hit the silly mid-off fielder with his shot.
On the rebound, short leg fielder Nick Larkin saw the ball go up in the air and completed the catch as the 24-year-old looked dejected as he walked back to the dressing room.
Steve Smith has a wicket... in bizarre (and lucky) circumstances!
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Smith took just one wicket in his six-over spell including two maiden overs. The 30-year-old was also fined 25 per cent of his match fees for showing dissent after his dismissal.
Chasing a target of 352 in the fourth innings, Western Australia were bundled out for 128. Australian fast bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood wreaked havoc as they took four and three wickets respectively. Pat Cummins contributed with a wicket opening the bowling as well.
Earlier, New South Wales posted a score of 444 for eight wickets in the first innings. Apart from Smith's century, four batsmen scored half-centuries. In reply, Western Australia posted 191 on the board with D'Arcy Short top-scoring. Short scored 51 runs from 164 deliveries. Instead of asking Western Australia to follow-on, Nevill decided to add to the lead. New South Wales scored 98 for no loss in their second innings setting a target of 352.