It was always going to take something special to get rid of Josh Philippe in full flight.
And that’s exactly what Perth Scorchers speedster Jhye Richardson did in Canberra on Saturday, thinking outside of the box with a “side-step” tactic.
Dashing ‘keeper-batsman Philippe earned man-of-the-match honours for the third time this tournament with 52-ball 84 in the Sydney Sixers’ seven-wicket win.
But he couldn’t hide the frustrations of a bizarre dismissal to his WA teammate, who changed his line just before his delivery release with a quick side-step to his left.
It changed Richardson’s angle to way outside off and coming in sharply, with Philippe seemingly a little bit rattled.
The in-form opener completely missed his leg-side heave before the ball crashed into his middle stump.
Australian women’s star and Big Bash League commentator Alyssa Healy was impressed with the Scorchers paceman’s “cheeky” tactic which caught his opponent off guard.
“It’s something he’s been working on, I’ve seen him do it a couple of times in this Big Bash already,” Healy said on Fox Cricket.
“It’s 100 per cent got to put the batter off I would have thought. A little cheeky side-step here and then pushed it out the front, it wasn’t an on-speed delivery, it was sort of a slower delivery that Philippe was not quite sure what to do with.
“But full credit to a fast bowler who can charge in like that and side-step at the last minute to change their angle, it’s pretty impressive.”
Richardson has been the Scorchers’ most consistent player in BBL10, taking 19 wickets at an average of 12.2 and economy rate of 6.54 runs per over.
The 24-year-old has bounced back from off-season shoulder injury to play a big role in his team’s mid-tournament surge from last place into finals contention.