'I knew it was sandpaper': Josh Hazlewood falls victim to Barmy Army's prank
Josh Hazlewood picked three wickets in the first Test
He was signing autographs while fielding near the boundary rope
Hazlewood did not realise that he signed on a paper that had “it was sandpaper” written
The Barmy Army did not travel Down Under with their entire battalion, but even with their fewer count at the Gabba for the first Test of the Ashes they got into the head of Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood, who fell victim to one of their pranks at the venue, and the famed England supporters took to Twitter to share the image as well.
As England lost the Brisbane Test by nine wickets on the fourth day, Hazelwood was spotted signing autographs for fans at the boundary rope, thanks to relaxed COVID-19 protocols, which had earlier denied any fan interaction during their last home summer when India travelled to Australia.
The Barmy Army managed to get Hazlewood's autograph and shared the image on Twitter, but what the pacer did not realise is that the paper, on which he signed, had the words written, “I Joshua ‘Joshie’ Hazlewood do solemnly swear that I knew it was sandpaper.”
The Barmy Army shared the post with the caption, “Josh Hazlewood just signed this on the boundary, we knew it.”
Hazlewood took three wickets in the match as Australia went 1-0 up against England in a five-Test series. After being bundled out for 147 in the first innings in response to Australia’s first innings total of 425, England could score 297 runs in the second innings.
English resistance broke down shortly after the dismissals of two set overnight batters in captain Joe Root and Dawid Malan. They lost eight wickets for just 77 to set Australia a target of only 20 runs.
Australia lost only one wicket, of Alex Carey, and required less than half an hour to wrap up the chase.
Meanwhile, Nathan Lyon, who went wicketless in the first innings, scalped four wickets to enter the elite club of 400 Test wickets. Lyon was one short of the magical figure before the start of the Brisbane Test. He is the first Australian off-spinner and only the second after leg-spinner Shane Warne to take 400 plus Test wickets.