Inside Sport - - Word Play -

Chasing 272 in the fi­nal game of the Su­per Six stage of the ’99 Cricket World Cup, the Aussies were in trou­ble at Head­in­g­ley at 3/48 when cap­tain Steve Waugh ar­rived at the crease. Leg­end has it that South Africa’s Her­schelle Gibbs (pic­tured far right) com­mented loud enough for Waugh to hear: “Let’s see how he takes the pres­sure now.” On 56, Waugh hit a siŒer to Gibbs at mid-wicket. Gibbs clutched the ball, but lost con­trol of it when aŒempt­ing to hurl it into the air in cel­e­bra­tion. The ball hit the deck, with Waugh sup­pos­edly drop­ping the best piece of cricket shade ever. Tug­ger fin­ished the in­nings un­beaten on 120.

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