Mitchell Marsh collects the ball from parking lot after Sam Billings' six

Mitchell Marsh collects the ball from parking lot after Sam Billings’ six

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fans and ground personnel have been cut largely which in turn has made the players work for themselves.

Mitchell Marsh
Mitchell Marsh. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Due to the ongoing deadly pandemic and with the bio-secure bubble in place, the number of support staff involved in the cricket has been settled to the minimum. In the same light, cricketers have been missing on their fans and other ground personnel highly right now. The reason is just not the motivation and cheering they receive from fans, but it also helps them to get the ball easily when a batsman had made it out of the boundary.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fans and ground personnel have been cut largely which in turn has made the players work for themselves. As a result, the players now have added duty of bringing the ball back from stands or in some unusual case, from the parking lots too. It happens when a player hits the boundary, and the ball has gone to a great distance.

A similar incident occurred during the 1st ODI between England and Australia on September 11. Mitchell Marsh had to run a good distance when a flying six from Sam Billings landed in the parking lot. The incident came to the fore when a bouncer from Pat Cummins during the final ball of 27th over was sent to a farfetched land by Billings.

The English player got a bit delayed with his shot and the ball went over the keeper off the edge and dropped outside the rope before landing in the parking lot. With no one to help at the moment, Mitchell Marsh had to give himself an athletic ride and collected the ball himself from the parking area.

England vs Australia 1st ODI

To talk of the first ODI between the two nations, the visitors outclassed the home side and clinched the game by 19 runs. With this in action, the Kangaroos have taken the lead in the three-match ODI series taking place on English soil. Winning the toss, the hosts decided to get in action with bowl first. The visitors posted a total of 294 for 9 in 50 overs.

Chasing the target, the home team started on a weak note and stumbled at 57/4 after a great spell from Josh Hazlewood and could only touch 275 to lose the game.

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