Every now and then you just get a sporting story that simply baffles everyone.
The Olympic swimming pool turning green, the beachball incident between Liverpool and Sunderland in the Premier League, and now there has been one during a cricket game Down Under.
Now, cricketers are well used to delays because of inclement weather, but it was a piece of burnt toast that held up Queensland’s Sheffield Shield game against New South Wales.
Yes, before you double check, you did read that right - burnt toast.
Australia spinner Nathan Lyon was the culprit, having left his bread unattended while his NSW side were batting only to return to realise the fire alarm had gone off.
Players and spectators had to be evacuated from the affected stand, with play held up for 30 minutes.
As you can imagine, Lyon's lack of focus didn't go down well with the players or the fans, who had to wait around for half an hour before play resumed.
“(The toast) popped up first and I wasn’t happy so I put it back down and I got carried away watching the cricket,” Lyon said in quotes reported on Cricket Australia’s website.
“It happens every second week (at home), I reckon. I was getting a bit bored in the changerooms.”
Luckily for his teammates and the fans present for the game, they don't live with Lyons, as it seems like it's a regular occurrence for him.
Fortunately for Lyon, the concentration of New South Wales’ batsmen was not affected and they swiftly wrapped up victory after the restart.
Let's hope there is no such drama when the Ashes gets underway later this month.
With all the sagas going into the series between Australia and England, they won't want a Test to be delayed because of burnt toast. Lessons learnt for Lyon.
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