James Pattinson wasn’t expected to get many runs for Australia when he came to the crease late in the first innings, but his strange dismissal nonetheless has cricket fans scratching their heads.
The elite fast bowler’s wicket prompted a tail-end collapse of four wickets for just 20 runs - but thanks to Marnus Labuschagne’s double-century, the damage had already been done.
Australia’s formidable first-innings total of 454 wasn’t jeopardised when Pattinson was bowled by Neil Wagner - but it wasn’t a case of the Kiwi quick cleanly knocking over the stumps.
Wagner struck Pattinson on the shoulder with a short ball, but it deflected straight up, then bouncing off the Australian’s gloves before gently knocking the bails off.
The bizarre wicket got fans talking online.
This has to be one of the strangest wicket of ALL time 😲 Pattinson just touched the bails...— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) January 4, 2020
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I’m sure James Pattinson will totally forget all about that and won’t seek retribution #AUSvNZ— Kris Read (@DesignedToFade) January 4, 2020
James Pattinson's wicket is one of the funniest dismissal you will ever see 😂😂😂 #AUSvNZ— Aditya Vaidya (@adityavaidya99) January 4, 2020
Labuschagne heroics set up massive run chase
Marnus Labuschagne has reached his maiden double-century, smacking the runs alongside captain Tim Paine on the second day of the Sydney Test.
Labuschagne had earlier become the third Australian batsman to score 800 runs in a five-Test summer, joining Sir Donald Bradman and Neil Harvey as the only players to achieve the feat
The popular number three had to wait a while on 199 before getting the opportunity to bring up the monumental mark, helping Australia to a whopping first innings score for the third time in as many Tests against New Zealand.
A sneaky edge off Colin de Grandhomme that trickled down to the boundary was was eventually enough for him to secure his maiden Test double-hundred in just his 14th Test match.
The emerging superstar ended 2019 as the leading international Test run-scorer, and went into the New Year's Test having already locked in scores of 185, 162 and 143 in his breakthrough summer, with his only total below 50 being when he was run out for 19 in the second innings in Melbourne.