Following their victory in the first ODI against South Africa, Australia got off to a promising start in the second ODI. The opening partnership contributed significantly, amassing 109 runs before losing their first wicket. Travis Head played a blistering innings, scoring 64 runs, while David Warner played a vital role at the crease.
What grabbed everyone’s attention, however, was not just Head’s impressive performance with the bat but also a light-hearted incident that unfolded during the match, which inadvertently teased the South African crowd.
During the eighth over, bowled by Anrich Nortje, Head faced a full delivery outside off. Attempting a drive, he failed to find a gap, and the ball headed towards David Miller, stationed at extra cover within the 30-yard circle. In the process, Head damaged the bottom of his bat and decided to switch to a new one.
As he began walking back towards the pavilion, still inspecting the damaged bat, the spectators momentarily believed that he had been caught by a fielder within the inner ring. However, Marcus Stoinis, Head’s teammate, emerged from the dugout with a replacement bat, making it clear that Head was merely changing his equipment.
This turn of events left the home crowd somewhat disappointed, as they had momentarily believed their team had taken a crucial wicket. Social media was abuzz with reactions from Twitterati, humorously highlighting how the Australian opener had inadvertently played a prank on the home crowd.