Alex Carey smacks team-mate Todd Murphy with an icy nudge in fifth Ashes Test – leaving cricket fans stunned: ‘You’ve got to take turns to take his lunch money’
- Spinner has replaced the injured Nathan Lyon
- Used sparingly by Australia
- Captured on video being snubbed by an Australian teammate
Australia’s newest wacko Todd Murphy hardly had a chance to shine in The Ashes and now he’s been the victim of a brutal rebuff from one of his own team-mates.
Murphy was added to the tour roster as a reserve tweaker and was called in when Nathan Lyon injured his calf in the second Test at Lord’s.
Murphy threw under 10 overs in the third Test before being eliminated entirely in game four in favor of returning all-rounder Cameron Green.
In the final Test, the spinner finally got his chance when he won four wickets in England’s second dig.
However, it seems that the Victorian bowler, nicknamed “Harry Potter” because of his glasses, still has a long way to go when it comes to earning the respect of his teammates.
Murphy asks Carey to look through binoculars as his Australian teammates battle to save the fifth and final Ashes Test
After being told in no uncertain terms that the answer is no, an embarrassed Murphy goes back to watching the game
As Australia’s openers maintained an unbeaten streak at Stumps on Day 4, the rest of the team was watched closely from the balcony at The Oval.
Wicketkeeper Alex Carey was using binoculars to watch the game and at one point Murphy asked if he could use one.
What happened next was pure brutality.
Carey met Murphy’s eyes and said something the cameras didn’t pick up, but the gist of it was “no way.”
The wicketkeeper returned to the game while an embarrassed Murphy gestured at him as if to say “don’t worry”.
The brutal moment was quickly noticed by Australian cricket fans.
“Did he award him the ‘Nah Champ’?” asked one.
“One of the greatest Nah Brahs of all time,” posted another.
“The boys have to take turns taking Murphy’s lunch money,” read another.
“Poor old Murph was ignored for most of the series and now this,” added another.
Lyon was a fighter for Australia but the 35-year-old succumbed to a calf injury in the second Ashes Test – which resulted in Murphy being called up
Captain Pat Cummins gave Murphy limited opportunity to shine but caught four vital wickets in England’s second inning in the fifth Test
Despite being beaten by Carey, Murphy’s value is rising after working hard to beat England in the second inning at The Oval.
It means the Aussies will return from England with a better second spin option after Murphy proved he can succeed in testing outside the subcontinent.
The Victorian, who did not play Test cricket six months ago, can now claim to have won the coveted scalps of Virat Kohli four times, Ben Stokes twice and Joe Root once.
“When I came by, I didn’t have a lot of game time,” Murphy said.
“It’s not easy to get in and out.” But it was nice to be able to throw some decent overs and get into the game today. As things progressed, I felt like I could get used to it.
“That’s the challenge of a cricketer, especially coming here as a second spinner.” I had to prepare in the nets, which is never ideal.
“When I went to Headingley I felt like I had done that. I wasn’t needed that much there and last week at Old Trafford, it was what it was.”