Published: Tue, June 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sheldon Cottrell Takes Unbelievable Catch To Dismiss Steve Smith

Sheldon Cottrell Takes Unbelievable Catch To Dismiss Steve Smith

West Indies captain Jason Holder says his team can learn a lot from the way Steve Smith batted to script a remarkable turnaround for Australia in the World Cup game here. Mitchell Starc's return for a final spell, however, sounded the death knell as he knocked over Carlos Brathwaite (16) and Holder in the 46th over to quickly end the Windies bid.

Australia are now tied with arch-rivals New Zealand at 4 points but New Zealand are ahead and are the No. 1-ranked side in ICC World Cup 2019 team standings with a staggering run rate of 2.279.

The decision proved to be a game changing one as Gayle was dismissed for a 17 ball 21 as West Indies lost their second wicket for just 31 runs chasing 289.

With that in mind, Australia have formulated plans to stifle Gayle, who plundered 424 runs in four ODIs against England earlier this year.

Former Australia captain Steve Waugh, a two-time World Cup victor, has been impressed by what he has seen from the West Indies so far.

The collapse continued when Glenn Maxwell fell after just two balls faced, top edging a hook shot and handing keeper Shai Hope the easiest of catches.

He celebrated, as is customary, with a salute.

But that dismissal failed to slow Coulter-Nile as he continued to hit out in the late overs.

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For this was the same old Smith, only in a yellow kit rather than whites.

One danger for the West Indies is that they become "bouncer happy" and use the tactic too often, with Warner and Steve Smith, both returning from one-year bans for ball tampering, more than capable of putting away any misdirected short stuff.

Smith's leg-side whip was sailing over the long leg boundary when the sprinting Cottrell thrust out his left arm with the ball already hovering over the rope.

Even Smith paused on his way back to the pavilion to watch the replay on the big screen.

"That innings of Coulter-Nile was exceptional". The innings ended four runs later at 288 by the same combination.

Trent Bridge hasn't been a happy hunting ground for the Aussies in recent memory but a recent poor record at the venue was turned on its head in a game that had everything.

"I felt really good today (Thursday)".

India will pose a tough hurdle for Australia despite their "vulnerabilities", feels the great Allan Border ahead of the high-profile World Cup clash here on Sunday.

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