Having been bowled out for less than 200, Australia cruised past just two wickets down with David Warner slamming his 25th Test century in a tremendous knock.
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While everything was going Australia’s way, nothing went South Africa’s as Anrich Nortje was hit by the Flying Fox or Spidercam camera as it ducked down at the end of an over.
The Flying Fox has generally been praised by broadcasters as it offers a tool to interview players during the game and a tool to provide shots scarcely believed possible in the past.
But the 183cm Nortje was knocked down in a bizarre incident with the camera.
As it tracked along shortly after Warner brought up his century, the Flying Fox was knocked off its shot, revealing it had left the fast bowler in its wake.
Journalist Naveen Razik commented: “We need to have a serious talk about the rapid encroachment of television gimmickry on this sport. So much that adds so little value.”
Cricket.com.au’s Louis Cameron wrote: “Bizarre incident: Anrich Nortje got knocked over by Fox’s spidercam between overs just standing in the outfield. He’s fine – and seems to have taken the blow surprisingly well.”
Seven Sport producer Paddy Grindlay posted: “Anrich Nortje just bowled one of the quickest spells in Australia. Naturally with our tall poppy syndrome, he’s just been poleaxed by the Spidercam.”
ABC’s Lucy Carter tweeted: “Oh my god Spidercam just wrecked someone.”
The Flying Fox had been largely sidelined from that point on, with fans pointing out it appeared to have got in trouble for the incident.