Australia’s Big Bash League, one of the largest domestic T20 leagues in the world right now. The 2023 edition is currently underway, and it has already produced some incredible moments that cricket fans will remember for a very long time.
During a recent league match between Sydney Sixers and Brisbane Heat, there was a play that could be described as sensational and a little bit controversial at the same time. Batsman Jordan Silk hit bowler Mark Steketee toward the long off boundary during the Sixers’ batting innings.
Michael Neser's juggling act ends Silk's stay!
Cue the debate about the Laws of Cricket… #BBL12 pic.twitter.com/5Vco84erpj
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 1, 2023
When Michael Neser, who was fielding at the boundary, intervened, the ball appeared to be headed for a six. He caught the ball in the first attempt after leaping forward to take the catch. He looped the ball in the air again and jumped to catch it for the second time in the air after realising that his momentum was carrying him past the boundary line. He had the ball in his hand, but he was already in the air and about to touch the ground. He therefore threw the ball in the air a second time outside the boundary line, where it landed inside the ropes and was caught.
The umpire decided to call it a wicket instead of awarding it a six. While in the air, Michael Neser caught the ball without touching the ground or the ropes with either foot.