With the international matches being played behind closed doors with no fans in the stadium and the number of ground personnel being reduced, cricketers are facing a new problem. In every match, it has often been witnessing sudden pauses as fielders are now required to fetch the ball from the empty and distant stands. However, in the first ODI played between England and Australia in Manchester, the Australian all-rounder, Mitchell Marsh had to take a long walk to the parking lot to fetch the ball.
The incident took place on the final delivery of the 27th over of the second innings, delivery of the 27th over, as a bouncer from Pat Cummins took the top-edge of Sam Billings bat and flew for a humongous six. After bouncing in the gaps between the stands the ball rolled towards the parking lot outside the stadium.
Here’s the video of the incident:
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A similar incident was witnessed in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020 when in the tournament opener, fielders were seen racing back to the empty and distant stands to fetch the ball.
However, Mitchell Marsh was splendid with the bat when he had amassed as many as 73 off 100 deliveries and helping Australia post a challenging 294/9 for the England team to chase down in the second innings. Marsh along with the veteran all-rounder, Glenn Maxwell stitched a crucial partnership of 126 runs for the sixth wicket.
While chasing the total, the hosts had witnessed a poor start with England hanging at 57/4 with Josh Hazlewood doing the early damage. Jonny Bairstow and Sam Billings managed to produce a decent fight back, but the hosts fell 19 runs short from winning the contest.