Tuesday 20 March 2018

The universe rewarded Stuart Broad’s dropped catch in the most illogical way

Catch? Dropped! Out?!

Stuart Broad fortunately runs Kyle Hope out
Stuart Broad fortunately runs Kyle Hope out

By Max McLean

Usually a dropped catch in a Test match is a disaster for a cricketer, but Stuart Broad didn’t have long to dwell on his mistake against the West Indies.

The England bowler had the chance to get Kyle Hope out caught-and-bowled in the first session of the final day’s play, but unprepared hands put an end to that.

Fortunately, Lady Luck bailed Broad out in a fraction of a second.

Fortune or genius?

Almost certainly fortune. Definitely fortune.

The case could be made that Broad deserved a little luck, after Alastair Cook dropped a catch off the Nottinghamshire man’s bowling earlier in the innings to dismiss Kraigg Brathwaite.

England batsman Alastair Cook

So there you have it – another cricket phrase debunked.

Hugely fortunate run-outs are the fashion these days.

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