Is Adam Voges’ catch the greatest of all time?

February 17th, 2009 - 7:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Feb 17 (IANS) When South Australian Adam Voges juggled to take the New Zealand dasher Brendon McCullum, little did he know that it will be debated as one of the greatest all times catches.
The catch turned the match in Australia’s favour as the home side held on to a one-run victory to finish a tough domestic season on a high.

The 29-year-old took a catch on the long-on rope but feeling himself overbalance threw the ball in the air, came back on to the playing field only to trip on the ropes, and kept his composure to retake the catch.

“At long on, it looked like I was going to fall over the rope, my balance isn’t great to be honest. Once I knew I was going to fall over the rope I thought ‘I’ve got to try and keep it in play’,” Voges was quoted as saying in the Australian media.

“It was probably luck more than anything that I threw it up at the right time at the right height and managed to jump back in and catch it. It was all going OK until I slipped and I thought ‘I’ve messed this up completely’.”

“Fortunately I was able to scramble and it stayed up long enough.”

While Voges said he had not practised the move at training before, he had been in a similar predicament earlier in the season in a domestic one-day game.

“(Teammate) Theo Doropoulos was right next to me so I just lobbed over to him and he took credit for it.”

Former wicketkeeper and presenter Ian Healy watched the catch live and had waited a long time to see such theatrics along the boundary line.

“I’ve been dying for that situation to arise - for someone to take a catch like that and have enough balance and control to throw it back into field and reclaim the catch,” Healy said.

Here are some of the classic catches of all time:

1. Steve Waugh 1989: Waugh sprints behind the sightscreen to catch Roger Harper in a one-dayer at the MCG

2. Mark Taylor 1996: The famous kick-catch by Taylor at first slip that dismissed Carl Hooper in a Test against the West Indies in Sydney.

3. Allan Border 1984: Border’s iconic full-length dive to the left in the slips snaffled Kiwi John Reid in Brisbane.

4. John Dyson 1982: Perhaps the most famous of all classic catches, Dyson’s backwards dive against the Windies at the SCG is still the benchmark.

5. Nathan Astle 2006: The Kiwi leapt into the air on the boundary, snatching a certain six by West Indies’ Dwayne Smith.

6. Matthew Sinclair 2004: Another Black Caps sizzler by Aussie-born Sinclair, sprinting and diving to his left to catch Matthew Hayden at the Telstra Dome.

7. Paul Collingwood 2005: Hayden is the victim again in a one-dayer, as ginger-haired Pommy panther Collingwood leaps up and backwards to take a screamer.

8. Glenn McGrath 2002: The Pigeon took flight to dismiss Michael Vaughan at the Adelaide Oval in the 2002 Ashes.

9. Michael Dighton 2008: A superb one-handed grab over the boundary line by the Tasmanian in the All-Star Twenty20 this summer.

10. Dwayne Leverock 2007: Catch that shook the world. Who can forget the Bermuda Pie-Angle taking a screamer in slips against India at the 2007 World Cup?

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