Cult hero channels Shane Warne in magic moment

South Australian young gun Lloyd Pope has rattled Western Australia’s talented batting line-up, snaring a five-wicket haul on day one of the Sheffield Shield opener in Adelaide.

Pope made headlines in January 2018 when he claimed 8/35 against England in the U19 Cricket Cup World, the best individual figure’s in the tournament’s history.

With his luscious long red hair, cricket fans drew comparisons to Stephen King’s Pennywise the Dancing Clown, and he quickly became an overnight cult hero.

South Australia lost two strike spinners during the off-season, with Adam Zampa and Tom Andrews moving to New South Wales and Tasmania respectively.

Despite only having five first-class caps under his belt, Pope suddenly became South Australia’s premier tweaker, but the Redbacks seemingly have nothing to fear.

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In the competition opener at Karen Rolton Oval on Saturday, the 20-year-old ended the day with 5/94 from his 21 overs, his second five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.

The wrong'un through the gate!

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Although he conceded plenty of runs, the leg-spinner finished day one as South Australia’s only wicket-taker.

Pope removed former Australian opening batsman Cameron Bancroft for his first breakthrough, a perfectly-executed wrong-un passing between bat and pad, crashing into the stumps.

The leggie also snared two scalps caught by skipper Travis Head at leg slip, including a classy one-handed grab to remove veteran batsman Shaun Marsh.

Unfortunately, Pope snipped off his hair during the lockdown, and his strawberry-red locks no longer bounce behind his head during team celebrations.

Western Australia are 5/310 at stumps, with Sam Whiteman, Cameron Green and Ashton Agar all scoring fifties.

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NESER’S STELLAR SHIELD FORM CONTINUES

He’s been carrying the drinks for the Australian Test team for over two years, but Queensland paceman Michael Neser continues to prove why he deserves a Baggy Green cap.

Despite missing several Sheffield Shield matches last summer due to international commitments, Neser ended the 2019/20 season as the competition’s second-highest wicket-taker, claiming 33 scalps at 17.30.

The 30-year-old continued from where he left off on Saturday, snaring a five-wicket haul against Tasmania at Gladys Elphick Park in Adelaide.

Neser removed Tasmania’s top three batsmen in a classy opening spell, before returning to dismiss former Australian cricketers Peter Siddle and Jackson Bird.

Michael Neser of the Queensland Bulls.Source:Getty Images

The paceman finished the innings with 5/32 from 17 overs, his fourth five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.

“The first couple of overs it was quite wet under the feet, so I struggled to find my footing a little bit,” Neser said after stumps, as reported by cricket.com.au.

“But after that it dried out and it turned out to be quite a beautiful wicket, and we managed to get the Kookaburra shined and it started to swing in the 60th over.

“It’s been a while since I bowled in a game like that, but I’m ready for the season.

“I’m just happy it’s gone ahead and we’ve played cricket and doing what we love.

“I’m a pretty simple man – I just look to the next game so I’m looking to stay on the park and keep taking wickets.”

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Due to strict COVID-19 restrictions, Sheffield Shield players are unable to shine the ball with saliva and sweat this season, a change which Neser is struggling to comprehend.

“It’s still a bit weird, getting to know all the protocols and everything,” Neser said.

“It’s mostly shining the ball and there’s a few little things like not handing your hat to the umpire, I seem to always forget that one but it’s mainly not shining the ball with saliva.

“We’re slowly getting used to it.

“Every now and then you go to do it and then you stop, but it’s not too bad.

“You still can’t use sweat off your face, so it’s just dry shining.”

Queensland teammate Xavier Bartlett also claimed four wickets on day one, including Australian Test captain Tim Paine, who caught at first slip.

Despite a late cameo from Beau Webster, Tasmania were bowled out for 250, with Queensland surviving to be 0/7 at stumps.

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