The paceman was being picked up from behind by the Spider Camera as he made his way to the field in between South African overs.
On Day 2 of the Boxing Day Test between Australia and South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), on Tuesday, a fast-moving spider camera accidentally knocked over South African bowler Anrich Nortje in a rare on-field scenario.
When Fox Sports’ “Flying Fox” camera hit the bowler at speed during Australia’s first inning, Nortje was fielding at backward-square. Despite being slammed to the ground, he got back up right away and remained within the MCG.
After the bizarre episode, Steve Smith was one among those who went to see how Nortje was doing.
Seven broadcast a different view of the incident. When the wire-guided camera, which hovers above the players, went too low and caught the paceman from behind as he was making his way to the field between South African overs, Nortje was fortunate to escape major harm.
Moments after Nortje’s amazing post-lunch demonstration of pace bowling, the strange thing happened. Just 11 runs were let up over the four-over spell.
After lunch on Day 2, David Warner has already scored his century. On 135 he is still unblemished.
At Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday, Australia had began on 45-1 in bright circumstances in response to South Africa’s unimpressive first-innings total of 189.
Despite rumours that his position in the team beyond this three-match series was in doubt due to previous poor form, Warner is now just the 14th man to play 100 test matches for Australia.
The 36-year-old opener hasn’t reached a century since January 2020, and in the first test against South Africa in Brisbane, he only hit 0 and 3.