Quinton de Kock is far from buzzing after missing stumping of Shaun Marsh

South Africa v Australia - 3rd Test: Day 3

In one of the most controversial Test series in the history of cricket, finally we have a lighter talking point to discuss.

It was late in the day, on the second of the fourth test between Australia and South Africa in Johannesburg. As Keshav Maharaj bowled to Shaun Marsh, a rare moment of ‘nature stops play’ occurred.

The spinner beat Marsh, leaving the wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock with a fantastic opportunity to stump the Australian.

And yet somehow the ball squirmed away for byes, leaving many scratching their heads on how Marsh had escaped.

Amazingly, replays then showed that as the ball had floated over, de Kock’s left arm had been stung by a bee, leaving the fortunate Marsh and his stumps unpunished.

The eagle-eyed South African television cameras captured de Kock’s incredulous reaction, as he was left to flick the offending bee from his kit and carry on.

Ex-spinner and Australia legend Shane Warne was on commentary duty and couldn’t believe his eyes.

"Goodness me. What? Surely he hasn't been stung at that time. Surely he hasn't been stung as the stumping chance comes."

Marsh failed to take real advantage of his good fortune though, as he only managed to add one more run to his total before an AB de Villiers catch brought his innings to a close.

This is of course a series that has seen the Australian team embroiled in a ball-tampering scandal that is still rampaging ahead at full speed.

Both Test captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner have been caught up, and we have already seen coach Darren Lehmann decide to quit his position after this match due to the wide-ranging accusations.


With a current 2-1 series deficit the team are playing to restore some pride after a difficult few weeks.

As their struggles continue in Johannesburg the Aussie team will surely be looking forward to the conclusion of a damaging series.

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