July 17, 2024
Alex Carey hits teammate Todd Murphy with an icy snub at the fifth Ashes Test – leaving cricket fans stunned: ‘They must take it in turns to take his lunch money’

Alex Carey hits teammate Todd Murphy with an icy snub at the fifth Ashes Test – leaving cricket fans stunned: ‘They must take it in turns to take his lunch money’

Alex Carey hits teammate Todd Murphy with an icy snub at the fifth Ashes Test – leaving cricket fans stunned: ‘They must take it in turns to take his lunch money’

Alex Carey hits teammate Todd Murphy with an icy snub at the fifth Ashes Test – leaving cricket fans stunned: ‘They must take it in turns to take his lunch money’

  • Spinner has replaced injured Nathan Lyon
  • Has been used sparingly by Australia 
  • Caught on video being snubbed by Aussie teammate 

Australia‘s newest spinner Todd Murphy has been given precious little opportunity to shine in The Ashes and now he has fallen victim to a savage snub from one of his own teammates.

Murphy made the tour squad as the reserve tweaker and was called upon when Nathan Lyon injured his calf in the second Test at Lord’s.

Murphy bowled fewer than 10 overs in the third Test before he was dropped entirely for the fourth match in favour of returning all-rounder Cameron Green.

The spinner was finally given his chance in the final Test, where he claimed four wickets during England’s second dig. 

However, it seems the Victorian bowler nicknamed ‘Harry Potter’ because of his glasses still has a ways to go when it comes to earning the respect of his teammates.

Murphy asks Carey if he can have a turn at looking through a pair of binoculars as his Aussie teammates battle to save the fifth and final Ashes Test

After being told in no uncertain terms that the answer was no, a sheepish Murphy goes back to watching the match

After being told in no uncertain terms that the answer was no, a sheepish Murphy goes back to watching the match 

As the Aussie openers batted their way to an unbeaten stand at stumps on day four, the rest of the team was spotted watching intently from the balcony at The Oval.

Wicketkeeper Alex Carey was watching with the aid of binoculars and at one point Murphy asked if he could use them.

What happened next was pure brutality.

Carey looked Murphy in the eyes and said something that the cameras did not pick up, but the general gist was ‘no way’.

The wicketkeeper went back to watching the game while a sheepish Murphy pointed him briefly as if to say ‘no worries’.

The savage moment was quickly picked up on by Aussie cricket fans.

‘Did he give him the ‘nah champ’?’ one asked.

‘One of the great nah brahs all time,’ posted another. 

‘Lads must take it in turns to take Murphy’s lunch money,’ another comment read.

‘Poor old Murph has been ignored for most of the series, and now this,’ added another.

Lyon has been a warrior for Australia but the 35-year-old succumbed to a calf injury during the second Ashes Test - leading to Murphy being called into action

Lyon has been a warrior for Australia but the 35-year-old succumbed to a calf injury during the second Ashes Test – leading to Murphy being called into action

Murphy has been given limited opportunity to shine by captain Pat Cummins, but snared four vital wickets during England's second innings in the fifth Test

Murphy has been given limited opportunity to shine by captain Pat Cummins, but snared four vital wickets during England’s second innings in the fifth Test

Despite being brushed by Carey, Murphy’s stock is on the rise after he toiled to help bowl England out in their second innings at The Oval.

It means the Aussies will return from England with a better second spin option after Murphy proved he can be successful in Tests played outside of the subcontinent.

Uncapped in Test cricket six months ago, the Victorian can now claim to have taken the prized scalps of Virat Kohli four times, Ben Stokes twice and Joe Root once.

‘Coming over, I hadn’t had a lot of game time,’ Murphy said.

‘Coming in and out, it’s not easy. But it was nice today to be able to bowl some decent overs and get into the game. I felt like as I went on I was able to work into it.

‘That’s the challenge of being a cricketer, especially coming over here as the second spinner. I had to get myself ready in the nets which is never ideal.

‘Going into Headingley I felt like I’d done that. I wasn’t needed that much there and then last week at Old Trafford, it was what it was.’

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