Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood fell victim to a prank by England’s Barmy Army during the first Test of Ashes 2021-22 in Gabba.
Australia thumped England by 9 wickets in the first Test of ongoing Ashes 2021-22 in Gabba. After Joe Root and Dawid Malan led visitor’s fightback on Day 3, it almost seemed that the match would go down the wire.
However, Australian bowlers came out all guns blazing on Day 4 and bowled England out for 297 runs in their second innings, setting themselves a target of just 20 runs, which they achieved with 9 wickets in hand to go 1-0 up in the five-Test series.
As English batters were struggling against the Australian bowlers, Josh Hazlewood, who was fielding on the boundary, signed a few autographs for fans at the Gabba on Day 4.
Barmy Army, who is considered as 12th man of England cricket team, was also present in the stands and got Josh Hazlewood to sign his own photograph.
However, the pacer didn’t realise that the picture had “I Joshua ‘Joshie’ Hazlewood do solemnly sear (swear) that I knew it was sandpaper,” written on it at the bottom.
Barmy Army shared the picture on their official Twitter account, saying that Josh Hazlewood signed the picture. "Josh Hazlewood just signed this on the boundary, we knew,” Barmy Army Tweeted.
Notably, Josh Hazlewood took two wickets in the first innings and removed Jos Buttler in the second innings. After ending Day 3 on high, England suffered a collapse as they lost eight wickets for just 77 to set Australia a target of only 20 runs, which they chased in 5.1 overs.