Thursday 1 September 2016 by Kieran Poole

Pakistan to select crowd members who can catch


Pakistan Cricket team

After several amusing dropped catches during the third ODI between England and Pakistan, the Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has demanded that his selectors look at those chaps in the stands who managed to hold on to the huge launches by English batsmen.

Alex Hales was shelled twice as he and Jos Buttler made individual record-breaking innings which were part of a world record ODI score of 444, beating the 443 set by Sri Lanka in 2006 on the very last ball.

Hales went on to make 171, the highest ODI score by an English batsman, and Buttler produced the hosts’ quickest ever 50 in just 22 balls. Hilariously, they were both got out on no-balls so reprieved.

Arthur said, “We saw a guy in one of the larger stands take a catch from Buttler which our boys looked like they would have dropped more than once.

“It’s disappointing to see so many drops go down. We practise every day after our no-means-no-to-no-balls drills.

He added, “We are still a little confused because the guy who took the best catch wore a half-England, half-Pakistan top, but we can work around that. At this level, catches win matches. No matter where you are from.”

Perhaps the Pakistanis should put all their focus into T20 games at the Kia Oval where spectators can win £1000 for snagging a six.

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