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Sport 'The catch of the summer': Steve Smith takes one-handed blinder

21:31  13 december  2019
21:31  13 december  2019 Source:   watoday.com.au

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Australia's Steve Smith (3rd-L) is mobbed by his teammates after catching New Zealand captain Kane Williamson on day two of the first Test cricket match between Australia and New Zealand.© AFP PHOTO/PETER PARKS Australia's Steve Smith (3rd-L) is mobbed by his teammates after catching New Zealand captain Kane Williamson on day two of the first Test cricket match between Australia and New Zealand. Steve Smith has left some of the greats in the game in awe with his latest stunning catch, as Australia seized control of the first Test against New Zealand.

The champion player added another screamer to his highlights reel when he flung himself full stretch to his right at second slip to take a one-handed grab and dismiss Kiwi star Kane Williamson.

Smith was mobbed by jubilant teammates, who are now accustomed to seeing him perform remarkable deeds either with the bat or in the field.

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Former captain Ricky Ponting, who has taken the most Test catches for an Australian fielder, said Smith's snare was far more difficult than it appeared on TV.

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"When you are out there and how quick that ball is travelling, that has to hit the perfect part of your hand," Ponting, who was also a specialist at second slip, said on Channel Seven.

"If that doesn't go right in the middle of your palm that is going down every day of the week. Look how deep it goes in. Nice and deep and right in the middle. What a catch that is.

"The other thing with it, it was a great catch but it was New Zealand's best player. That is what makes that catch all the more better. Any half chances like that you have to take them."

a cricket player during a game: Steve Smith's stunning catch to remove Kane Williamson.© AP Steve Smith's stunning catch to remove Kane Williamson. Michael Hussey, another fine catcher, said it topped Neil Wagner's one-handed return chance to remove David Warner on the first day.

"Show us the slow mo of this, it's going to be unbelievable," Hussey said on Fox Sports. "It's the catch of the summer, without doubt."

Former England captain Michael Vaughan said: "It doesn't get any better than that. Steve Smith, take a bow."

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Mitchell Starc, who was the beneficiary of Smith's catch, said his teammates had come to expect such brilliance from the former captain.

"He has done that a few times. It was fantastic to create a buzz out in the crowd and certainly out on the ground for us," Starc said.

"Just speaking within the group and certainly hearing it from outside, the big wicket of Kane, being the captain as well, to hang on to him was a big moment in tonight's session.

"A fantastic catch and it's always nice to see the boys hang on to them."

Starc grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck by claiming four of the five wickets to fall in the final session.

The Black Caps were 5/109 at stumps on the second day in reply to Australia's all out for 416. The hosts' bid for victory, however, has been hampered by a hamstring injury to Josh Hazlewood, who is in huge doubt to play out the game.

Starc was on a hat-trick again but was thwarted by Ross Taylor, who was unbeaten on 66 at the close and shapes as the visitors' key player on the third day.

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