England have been battered and bruised in this Ashes series so far. Today, they were stunned.
First, Shane Watson‘s attacking hundred on Day 4 morning put them firmly on the backfoot, if the humongous lead had not done so already.
Then, as captain Alastair Cook came out to bat with Michael Carberry, facing a target of 504, he got a dream delivery first up.
The first ball of the innings by Ryan Harris, faced by Cook, who is appearing in his 100th Test, swung into the batsman first, and Cook followed it. The red cherry then hit the deck, getting a hint of seam movement, which was enough to beat Cook’s edge.
And then suddenly, it swung late, away from Cook, and much to his horror, hit the bail on his off-stump. In a span of a few seconds, the ball had changed its mind a couple of times. It was beautiful to watch!
If that’s not clear enough, watch this:
In the 99 Test matches he had played so far, Alastair Cook was never dismissed for a golden duck. Today, he got his first in his 100th Test.
If it’s any consolation to the English captain, there’s no shame in getting out to that delivery.