England's most desirable substitute

The most talked about runout
About a week ago, Gary Pratt was just another first class cricketer, (struggling to make it into his county's first XI) with an uncanny ability to throw down the wickets on the run from all sorts of wierd angles. A week and a runout later, he still remains the same, except that the runout he affected stands among the most talked about runouts in the history of the game. Just for the sheer amount of words that have been said about and written about, it should easily be way up there, along with the likes of the one that Joe Solomon affected in the first tied Test.

Quotes
Martyn Moxon (Durham Coach) - “Two years ago, when he was playing regularly in the first team, Gary ran out 12 batsmen from cover. People in the game know that he is quick and tend not to take him on. We practised indoors at Riverside last winter and he set himself a target of hitting all three stumps on the move eight times out of 10. He tended to achieve this.
Duncan Fletcher - “He’s a good cricketer, but I don’t know how strong Durham are.”
Gordon Pratt (Gary's dad) - ""He has been told not to say too much. It was a fantastic piece of fielding.
Gary Pratt (himself on the runout) - "I just tried to stay relaxed and not get tense. I think that is why I was able to react quickly."
Alex Brown (for The Gaurdian) - "The image of him being held aloft in a celebratory embrace by Andrew Flintoff remains one of the defining moments of the fourth Test, as does the sight of a cursing Ponting leaving the field soon after."

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