Boland commends slip fielders for taking sharp chances


Vaibhav Tripathi

Scott Boland stuck to old-fashioned virtues of Test match bowling in the WTC final at The Oval – exemplary control and just enough movement either way  – to run through the heart of the Indian batting order in the second innings. He also took the prized scalp of Virat Kohli. 

The affable seamer credited the Australian fielders for taking their catches in the slip cordon in the second dig. Incidentally, Australia had dropped a few of them in the first essay. “It was good fun. Nice to come over here for our bowling group and take 20 wickets,” he said in the post-match presentation.

“Probably just hit similar areas all the time. There was some bounce outside the off stump, tried to exploit that. Felt good to get (Virat) Kohli out. (Steve Smith) Smudge took another amazing catch today and Green took some blinders throughout the game as well. Nice to have the confidence that if you’re going to find the nicks, they’re going to get taken. Been playing state cricket for Victoria for 12 years. Have done some hard work. Nice to play international cricket and get some wickets. Really looking forward to it (Ashes),” he added.

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