Stuart Broad has sent the cricket world into a frenzy with a ‘ridiculous’ act in the West Indies.
The England star lit up social media on Monday morning with a ‘ludicrous’ catch in the third Test in St Lucia.
Broad was fielding at mid off during the final session of the second day’s play when Alzarri Joseph skied a lofted shot down the ground.
Broad tracked back in an attempt to make the catch, but misjudged it horribly as it sailed over his shoulder.
However the lanky paceman plucked an insane grab, throwing out his right hand behind him and pouching the ball.
Fans and pundits couldn’t believe what they’d seen.
Catch of the century by Broad! pic.twitter.com/McgUdE0sL4
— Kevin Hollinrake (@kevinhollinrake) February 10, 2019
That catch from Broad was ridiculous. I’ve just replayed it about 5 times. No way did he catch that. #bbccricket
— Alycia Jewes (@liss_goldenduck) February 10, 2019
Stuart Broad's catch is something quite ridiculouspic.twitter.com/LCd41vt5KS
— matt (@dvtavfc) February 10, 2019
What a tremendous one handed catch that is by Broad… #WIvENG
— 𝔹𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕠 (@Billo20Four7) February 10, 2019
— Ollie Thorpe (@thorpietweets) February 10, 2019
Obscene catch from Broad
— Rob (@Robgreeen1) February 10, 2019
— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) February 10, 2019
Stuart Broad just casually taking the best catch in history there
— Alfie (@Big__Alf) February 10, 2019
— Simon Hemelryk (@SimonHemelryk) February 10, 2019
Mark Wood went on to take five wickets as West Indies were bowled out for 154, surrendering a 123-run first innings lead.
Wood, brought into the team for the first time this series on Sunday, offered England genuine pace of more than 90 miles-per-hour (145 km/h), and he had an immediate impact, causing West Indies all sorts of problems from his very first ball.
He had Shai Hope (one) and Roston Chase (golden duck) caught at gully off consecutive balls in Gros Islet.
Although he did not complete the hat-trick, Wood struck again soon afterwards when Shimron Hetmyer (eight) edged to first slip, giving Wood the remarkable figures of 3-12 at tea.
Wood was not the only England bowler on a hat-trick in the middle session.
Spinner Moeen Ali greased the wheels by dismissing West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite, caught at deep mid-wicket for 12, and John Campbell, lbw for 41, with successive balls.
Campbell’s wicket was particularly important because he had taken the long handle to the England attack and was threatening to compile a big score quickly.
Earlier, Kemar Roach picked up four wickets as West Indies ripped through the England tail.
The second new ball, allied with good bowling and sharp fielding, helped West Indies restrict England’s total to a smaller one than might have been expected on the second morning at the Darren Sammy Stadium.
Shannon Gabriel, fastest of West Indies’ four-pronged pace attack, set the skids in motion when he bowled Jos Buttler for 67.
Butler did not add to his overnight score, and the dismissal ended a 125-run partnership with Ben Stokes that had allowed England to climb out of an early hole.
Stokes went eight overs later for 79, caught when he mistimed a pull shot, and after Ali (13) and Jonny Bairstow (two) went cheaply, West Indies quickly mopped up the tail, picking up the final four wickets for seven runs.
Roach finished with 4-48, while Gabriel, Joseph and Keemo Paul collected two wickets apiece.
West Indies have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.