Substitute fielder’s Test record goes quickly and unnoticed

The record created by Australia’s Chris Sabburg in the first Test of the Ashes series at the Gabba seems to have gone unnoticed. The 24-year-old Sabburg’s stay on ground for only two balls (Substituting for Ryan Harris) is the shortest by any Substitute fielder responsible for batsman’s wicket, informs USA-based cricket statistician, Dave Wilson.


ashes620_2036380bHe had a hand in dismissing England’s Kevin Pietersen, who was playing his 100th Test at Brisbane. In the second innings of England batting, the fielder Sabburg took the catch of Pietersen off the bowling of Mitchell Johnson.

Sabburg has been hailed as Super Sub fielder in the Australian media.

“It has been the practice in Australia for Test matches to allow replacement fielders other than the 12th man for some time; usually allows the 12th man to play a match for their State team while the host State of the Test provides some fielders to do the 12th man duties”, explained Stephen Gray, the media official at Queensland Cricket Association.

Kevin Pietersen after training at Adelaide Oval

Kevin Pietersen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“My Dad wanted me either to run him out or catch Pietersen and it has what actually happened’’, Sabburg told World Cricket Badger.

“Sabburg has now taken more Test catches than he has played first-class matches”, Gray added revealing that the fielder had yet to play a first-class match.

“He played in last season’s championship Brisbane Heat team and went to the Champions League in India in September”, he concluded.

Bipin Dani

Bipin Dani

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