Australian cricketer dismissed in truly bizarre fashion during Sheffield Shield match

WA v NSW - Sheffield Shield

There have been some bizarre cricket dismissals in times gone by from Sachin Tendulkar to Alastair Cook.

However, not many are quite as bizarre as the one on Hilton Cartwright seen today in Sydney.

He was playing for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield clash against New South Wales, when the incident occurred.

Cartwright had only managed to notch three runs from 45 balls in his second innings until he decided to take a swing at the leg spin of Jason Sangha.

His shot was struck perfectly, however, short leg fielder Nick Larkin was in a position that you could perhaps describe as ideal.

The ruthless strike cannoned straight into the short-leg fielder’s helmet and looped into the air for an easy catch for Sangha.

The batsman headed back to the pavilion understandably in disbelief.

There may have been some concern for Larkin due to the force at which the ball hit his helmet and the incident in 2014 which saw the passing of Australian international Phillip Hughes.

However, the fielder didn’t seem fazed by the contact, and having been assessed by medical staff, was deemed fine to continue.

What is quite funny is that the incredible wicket wouldn’t have even counted prior to 2017, as before this, any ball that was deemed to hit the helmet of a fielder was given as a “dead ball”.

There have been some strange dismissals in the past, but perhaps none quite as strange as this one.

In 2009, Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara was on-strike, but he unfortunately dropped his bat which in the end landed on the stumps and was given out. India soon collected the rest of the Sri Lankan wickets to finish the Test.

In 2012, in-form England batsman Alastair Cook managed to get himself run out just shy of a historic double century against India on away soil. The English batsman forgot to ground his bat and was duly run-out.


Finally, in 2006, Muttiah Muralitharan was run out having just ran a single to allow teammate Sangakkara to gain his century. Muralitharan turned to congratulate his teammate only to be then run out after the ball was declared not dead.

Can you think of a more bizarre dismissal than that of Hilton Cartwright today?

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