After England were absolutely outplayed in 1st Test of Ashes 2021-22, Joe Root’s side came out all guns blazing on Day 1 of 2nd Test in Adelaide on Thursday. Australia won the toss and opted to bat first and the onus was on the English pacers to strike an early breakthrough with the pink ball. The experienced duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad got their side off to a brilliant start as the home side’s score read 4-0 in 7 overs.
The pressure was continuously mounting on the Aussie openers and this is when Broad bowled a short-pitch delivery to Marcus Harris from round the wicket. The left-handed batsman could not resist himself from playing a pull shot but made an absolute mess of it. The ball took some part of the bat and looked like going past Jos Buttler for a lucky boundary. But the England wicketkeeper had other plans!
Buttler shows his magic in Adelaide
Buttler was very quick to react as he got himself in a brilliant position to try and attempt the catch. He was already moving towards his right when Harris played the shot and flew horizontally when he saw an opportunity of dismissing the batsman.
Although the ball seemed to have already passed him, Buttler stretched his right hand and grasped it in a spectacular fashion to give his side a much-needed early breakthrough. Harris was dismissed on 3 off 28 deliveries.
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— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 16, 2021
Rajasthan Royals hail Buttler as ‘Spider-Man’
Jos Buttler’s IPL franchise, Rajasthan Royals, also did not miss the opportunity to praise the cricketer for his splendid effort. While giving a reference to Spider-Man: No Way Home which has been released on December 16 in India, RR shared an image of flying Buttler with a caption, “This is not a #SpidermanNoWayHome spoiler… This is just Jos Buttler.”
This is not a #SpidermanNoWayHome spoiler. 🤭
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) December 16, 2021
The home side did manage to recover from the early loss of wicket as Marnus Labuschagne joined hands with David Warner to put up a gritty partnership. Australia’s score read 87/1 in 43 overs at the time of writing.