Days after a viral Twitter thread highlighted Harry Brook’s habit of repeatedly leaving his crease early, the England batter survived a run out attempt at the non-striker’s end by Pakistan’s Shadab Khan.
Brook went on to make 46 off 29 in England’s total of 209-3 in the decider of the seven-match T20I series at Lahore.
Batting first, England had made their way to 103-3 by the time Shadab ran in to bowl the 62nd delivery of the innings. However, the leg-spinner pulled out of his delivery stride and looked over at the position of Brook’s bat, safely stationed inside his crease. Brook’s eyes were trained firmly on the leg-spinner, waiting for him to deliver the ball. Shadab then ran in again, this time bowling the ball.
The issue of non-striker run outs, previously referred to as ‘Mankads’, has been a topic of hot debate in recent times after Deepti Sharma secured victory in the third England-India ODI at Lord’s via the controversial method.
Cricket journalist Peter Della Penna highlighted how often Charlie Dean, Sharma’s victim, had left her crease in the lead-up to the dismissal, before examining the habits of England’s men’s batters after several of their players voiced their displeasure at the mode of dismissal.
I decided to keep going until I found at least one instance of Brook staying in his non-striker's end before ball was bowled. Mercifully, he managed 2 instances in the 4th T20I. But across the 3rd, 4th and 5th T20Is, Harry Brook was out of his NS crease early 94 out of 96 times. pic.twitter.com/9HBXddMOl2
— Peter Della Penna (@PeterDellaPenna) September 30, 2022
In particular, he pointed out that Brook, one of England’s stars in the series, had left his crease early for 94 out of 96 balls for which he was at the non-striker’s end during the third, fourth and fifth T20Is. On this occasion, however, Brook was safe.
LOL 😂🤣😭 pic.twitter.com/FBgxUZnG0U
— Taimoor Zaman (@taimoorze) October 2, 2022