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WATCH: Jos Buttler drops a sitter on Day 1 of 2nd Test; Joe Root sits down in despair as Marnus Labuschagne survives again

The English wicketkeeper had a roller coaster outing where he went from hero to zero throughout the course of day.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 16 December 2021 10:05 pm

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A full day of Test cricket is often seen as synonymous to life as it is usually full of ups and downs. In short, it is a roller coaster ride full of different kind of emotions for all the players on the field. One can start the day as a hero and end it as a villain. Something very similar happened to Jos Buttler during the ongoing 2nd Test of Ashes in Adelaide.

After being asked to bowl first, the English seamers bowled some brilliant line and length with the new and shining pink ball. The pressure created on Aussie openers reaped benefits after Marcus Harris mistimed his pull shot and Buttler produced a remarkable effort behind the stumps to take a spectacular catch. WATCH HERE

Roller coaster outing for Buttler

However, things did not really pan out the way the English wicketkeeper would have wanted during rest of the day. Buttler got another opportunity to take a diving catch when Marnus Labuschagne gloved a ball which was slightly away from the wicketkeeper.

Although it was a very difficult chance, the 31-year-old expectedly looked quite disappointed after dropping the catch despite getting his right hand in the perfect position.

One could not really put the blame on Buttler for the missed opportunity which gave Labuschagne a life when he was batting on 21. But what happened few hours later when the Aussie batsman was batting on 95 was undoubtedly Buttler’s fault.

With only a few minutes left for stumps, Marnus edged a ball off James Anderson which went straight towards Jos Buttler. But much to everyone’s astonishment, the wicketkeeper made a complete mess of the chance as he dropped a sitter. Joe Root and James Anderson could not believe their eyes as Buttler’s reaction summed up the extraordinary moment.

Watch the video here:

Australia ended Day 1 at 221/2 in 89 overs with Marnus Labuschagne still at the crease batting on 95*. Buttler would certainly be hoping that the Aussie No. 3 gets out early on Day 2 and does not pile on the misery in Adelaide.

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