The Pakistan tour of Australia finally got underway at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday. In the end, it was the unrelenting weather of Sydney that came up trumps, forcing the game into an abandonment. But the game, despite ending in a damp squib, gave away a plethora of memorable moments, none better than when the Australian skipper and wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey shared a ‘box’ with each other.
It so happened that Aaron Finch had to go under the helmet while fielding at the short-leg position during the Pakistani innings. During the proceedings, Adam Gilchrist, who was commentating at the time, noted the same and was quoted to have been saying by Fox Sports that the skipper will be needing a box for protection,
“The captain Aaron Finch is in under the lid there,” Adam Gilchrist noted in the commentary. You don’t often see the captain under the helmet. He will need a box.” To which Gilly’s former opening partner and fellow commentator interjected by saying: “He is going to pinch the wicketkeeper’s box.”
Carey did go on to share the box with captain Finch, prompting the former swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman to admit that it was Under-8s stuff and completely “unhygienic” “Howie said the short run in the running between the wickets was under 12 stuff, but sharing the box is probably about under 8s. Not very hygienic.” Gilchrist quipped.
Captain Aaron Finch “nearly” takes his side home in Sydney
Talking of Aaron Finch, the Australian captain almost carried his side to their fourth consecutive victory in Twenty20 International cricket in the home summer. Chasing 108 in a rain-reduced 15-overs-a-side fixture, Australia needed to be at 0-33 after the first five overs according to the Duckworth-Lewis and Stern calculation. And, Aaron Finch led the charge with a whirlwind assault on the Pakistani bowlers, and in particular Mohammad Irfan.
The Aussie captain smashed a 16-ball 37- an innings which included five fours and two Brobdingnagian sixes and the home side was coasting along at 0-41 after just 3.1 overs before rain brought a premature end to the first T20I. The caravan will now move to Canberra where the 2nd T20I will be played on November 05.
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