There was no splintering of stumps, nor did some gaudily clad fieldsman perform boundary rope contortions to take a telegenic catch, nor was there a commentator's ejaculation. Rather, Nathan Lyon and his receding hairline shuffled a couple of steps, pivoted and looped his first ball in Test cricket towards Kumar Sangakkara. Innocuous to look at, it pitched, bit, brought up a puff of dust. Sangakkara prodded it uncertainly to slip, where Michael Clarke's reflexes were quick enough to track it and scoop it up in his outflung left hand.
Dustin Silgardo is a former sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo