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Australian batsman Mark Cosgrove headbutts bouncer
Mark Cosgrove

Playing for Leicestershire in county cricket, Australian batsman Mark Cosgrove headbutted a bouncer from Durham fast bowler Ben Raine. The 35-yr-old advanced down the pitch before Raine bowled a short delivery, which Cosgrove hit towards the slip with his helmet. Sharing the video on Instagram, former England batsman Kevin Pietersen wrote, “Australian batters…How to play Jofra!”

Jofra Archer’s introduction to Test cricket must have definitely sent shockwaves through the batsmen of the other countries. The way he bowled on his debut in whites was the talk of the town. Moreover, the bowler struck the Australian batsmen on the body for as many as 13 times in the match with Steve Smith facing the toughest bouncer which ruled him out of the ongoing third Ashes Test.

Archer has continued to rule the Ashes series and picked up a sensational six-wicket haul on the first day of the Leeds Test. His well-directed bouncers at pace and the tight line and length has made the Aussie batsmen tough for him to tackle. It seems that the Caribbean-born bowler will take a wicket off almost every delivery.

With the Ashes in progress, no wonder, the former cricketers from both the countries also get themselves into a banter on social media and Kevin Pietersen seems to have started by taking a hilarious dig at Australia. He shared a video of Mark Cosgrove of Leicestershire facing Durham’s Ben Raine’s bouncer in a unique way and adviced Australia to maybe Jofra Archer the same way.

Cosgrove plays a header

Kevin Pietersen shared a video of one of the matches of the County Championship Division Two between Leicestershire and Durham. Mark Cosgrove, the 35-year-old Australian cricketer, comes down the track even as Ben Raine completes his bowling run-up. Looking at him come down the pitch, the bowler delivers a bouncer which Cosgrove heads it with his helmet.

While it is extremely dangerous for a batsman to do this as it could hurt him. Even the umpire could be seen calling for the physio to check if Cosgrove was fine. Pietersen, however, took this opportunity to troll the Aussie batsmen and adviced them to check if they can employ this strategy to see of Archer.

Here’s the video:

Meanwhile, Jofra Archer’s six-wicket haul has helped England bundle Australia out for a paltry 179 runs in the first innings of the third Test after Joe Root won the toss and opted to field first. England will now be looking to bat big and dominate the game as the forecast is for a good batting day at Headingley.

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