England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 2nd day July 19, 2013

The worst dismissal in history?

Plays of the day from the second day of the second Ashes Test at Lord's

Worst ball ever of the day
Chris Rogers' ludicrous dismissal has a case for being the worst wicket in Test history. Usually a wicket comes from a combination of excellence and error. Here as many as five people were at fault, and none in credit. Graeme Swann bowled a high full toss; Rogers missed it; Marais Erasmus gave him out even though the ball was missing leg; Rogers then decided not to review after a discussion with Usman Khawaja; he surely would have gone upstairs but for Shane Watson's indulgent waste of Australia's first review before lunch. It was a five-piece farce, but only England were laughing.

Review of the day
You need a lot of confidence in your ability to make it as a professional sportsman. Watson certainly has that. What he doesn't always have is an awareness of the world around him. There were people on double-decker buses on Wellington Road that saw Watson was plumb, but the man himself didn't see it that way. He decided to review the decision. Shockingly to no one at all, it remained out.

Lost saviour of the day
Bonnie Tyler wasn't at Lord's, but when Ashton Agar walked out every Australia fan was whispering "I need a hero". Agar's groin and finger injuries so far this series have limited his effectiveness as a bowler, but as a batsman, well, you know. In collapses, kids who didn't take things too seriously and haven't been beaten down by life can often stand up and do well. Instead Brad Haddin refused to run on Agar's call, and Agar almost completed two runs. Australia lost their magical No. 8 for only 2.

Walk of the day
Stuart Broad snicked James Pattinson behind to present Haddin with his fifth catch and end the England innings. But the hosts had a review left, and Broad would not have been sufficiently fulfilling his role as Australia's chief agitator if he had not called for it. So the third umpire was summoned, and the replays were forensically examined. Broad stood and waited, as did the umpires. But the Australians were in no mood to continue the charade, and bounded off the field, not waiting for Tony Hill's verdict to be relayed. They seemed in a hurry to start batting, and were equally enthusiastic about ignoring Broad.

Drop of the day
Khawaja never once looked comfortable against the spin of Swann, and it was not much of a surprise when on 7 he prodded at an offbreak and snicked straight into the hands of Jonathan Trott at slip. More startling was that, having been offered such a friendly chance, Trott spurned it, the ball slipping to the turf. It was the kind of missed opportunity that good players make a fielding side pay for but, on this day, Khawaja would not prove himself up the task. A mere seven runs later, he advanced with neither conviction nor precision to loft Swann, and succeeded only in popping a skier to mid-off.

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  • Nicholas on July 20, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    @Optic & Trickstar: I do agree with your comments. It would be a very, very brave selection panel that leaves KP out - I certainly wouldn't despite my moaning! I'm just frustrated by talented players throwing their wickets away so close to end of play. KP gets my attention more because I favour 'slow and steady' players like Trott and Bell, rather than 'all or nothing' players like Seywag and KP. But I can't deny a good, balanced team needs both kinds of players. Somehow KP getting out always looks more ugly than the others - it might be just my disappointment. I had a good sleep last night nonetheless.

  • Jackie on July 20, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    How about Catch of the day? But that would have to go to Bell's great catch at short leg. . And we know that Kimber is finding it hard enough to praise Bell for his back to back centuries which so far have rescued England. I read his article about Bell as though the batsman has been hiding away since 2009. He did the same rescue job at the Oval in the Ashes decider. He played wonderfully in South Africa. Overlooked by Kimber and Co he has been playing key innings. Bell has been almost invisible on Cricinfo. But his best century must be at Trent Bridge 2011 when he batted at 3. The media were more interested in the controversy over his 'teabreak' dismissal. How they all chortled after Bell had batted sublimely. It doesn't matter because Bell isn't driven by ego. But why not face facts? 19 Test centuries tell a different story than Kimber has been relating.

  • k on July 20, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    India has best batting line up in the world currently..n nobody can deny that

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    We have all seen Tendulkar getting out for"Head before the wicket", a few years ago. But this is perhaps the first time one could dee a batsman getting out for "groin before the wicket"! Roger to that!

  • sri on July 20, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Certainly not the worst dismissal. There were much worse lbw decisions given in the past like lbw where all the 3 wickets were visible or lbw( sbw) for ducking

  • Cameron on July 20, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    @Amith I have no idea what makes you so sure that Watson will learn his lesson as he has shown no indication of learning anything in his career. I am not sure they keep stats on it but Watson would have to be the international cricketer with the highest number of failed reviews. His standard mode of dismissal is to fall away to the off side and play around a ball angled into him. He always reviews and he is always wrong. Selectors don't learn their lesson on him either!

  • Sarangarajan on July 20, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Hawkeye system is flawed in design and operation.Easily can be manipulated by intent or oversight.Hot spot- the less said the better as shown in the Ashes series now and the England Vs India series last summer- with these systems in place it is a farce to restrict the DRS to only two unsuccessful per innings.When you see test matches in HD and see these glaring follies go unaccounted for, one wonders where is the game going to?What is a big deal in slowing down a test match to get fair decisions.

  • Ian on July 20, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    @Vaidy Krishnan:

    The thing wrong with unlimited reviews is that we'll all die of old age before Shane Watson is off the mark. He'd probably start trying to review the reviews.

    And in deciding the outcome of the reviews, Erasmus can be heard whispering; "One potato, two potato, three potato, four..."

  • Albert on July 20, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Hawkeye is taken for granted by everyone but that technology is actually flawed and unreliable.

  • Pete on July 20, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    As I recall, Khawaja also came close to running Rogers out, dozing at the non-striker's end.