Cricket Sports: Jos Buttler’s glovework left Matt Prior unsatisfied. He cited Buttler’s destitute footwork as a cause within the team’s destitute performance. He offered two lifelines to Labuschagne. On the first day of the second Ashes Test match. Buttler made a spectacular one-handed catch diving down the leg side. Marcus Harris‘ day just got worse after he was dismissed. Buttler dropped Labuschagne twice, the first on 21 and the second in the last seconds of the game on 95. As expected, Australia dominated the competition.
Matt Prior stated that footwork is the most crucial aspect of Jos Buttler‘s wicketkeeping. He wasn’t being proactive enough, observing that a goalkeeper should dive as little as possible.
“Everyone thinks it’s the hands that get you the catch. It’s not, it’s your footwork and your hands follow. There were a couple of takes where Jos had a dive, that’s lazy wicketkeeping. You want to dive as little as possible. Because I did the job myself, I watch the keeper very closely and there were just little clues. As a keeper, you want to dive as little as possible. You get that one chance and that’s what you’re judged on,” Matt Prior said.
Cricket Sports: However, Australia finished the day on 221-2. After a slow start to their innings as they elected to bat first. David Warner once again starred with a knock of 95 runs. After Warner’s departure, Labuschagne‘s unbeaten stand of 45 kept the visitors at bay. Although Prior lauded the ground covered by Buttler in dismissing Harris. He lamented not continuing this form.
Cricket Sports: “To begin, there was a great take down the legside, which Jos accomplished by taking an initial step and then stepping again to provide a solid foundation. He traveled a lot of ground in a short length of time. However, he became stuck after the first plunge. He didn’t take a big enough step in, and he couldn’t go back. Because he’d only covered half of the ground on the initial catch, he threw his hands at the ball,” Matt Prior said.