Sports demand commitment, dedication and sheer grit to pull off a game. But at times a slight mistake can put all the effort in vain. Jos Buttler’s second inning to save the second Test match of Ashes had it all. He played nearly 35 overs and faced over 200 balls to make 26 runs but his effort went in vain as his innings got a bizarre ending. Buttler, while attempting to steal a single, went too deep in the crease and hit the stumps with his foot, getting hit-wicket.
Buttler’s departure took place on the last ball of 109th over on James Richardson’s over when England were 8 wickets down. However, Buttler’s wicket was the last nail in the coffin for England as after three overs Richardson dismissed Anderson, which was the last wicket of the game, securing the second Test of Ashes.
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What a way to end an epic innings! 😲
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 20, 2021
Australia started the second Test on a chaotic note as its newly appointed skipper, Pat Cummin got ruled out of the Test match after coming in close contact with a COVID-19 positive case. Vice-captain Steve Smith took the responsibility of leading the side. After opting to bat, Australia posted a massive total of 473, courtesy of a fine century from Marnus Labuschagne 100, and handy contributions from David Warner (95) and Steve Smith (93).
Meanwhile, England suffered another batting collapse post-Joe Root and Dawid Malan’s partnership and were bundled out for 236 runs in 84 overs. Australia then set a targe 468 runs for the visitors by scoring 230 runs in the second innings, which proved to be too much for the Three Lions as they got bowled out for 192 runs.