Aussie Batsman Ducks For Cover After World Record Run Of Zeroes
Ashton Turner has gone from a cracker to a quacker.
In fact, you'd have to say the 26-year-old West Australian has all his ducks in a row -- but not in the positive sense of that phrase that means he's well-organised.
In India's IPL T20 competition overnight, Turner registered his third straight golden duck in said competition. Five other batsmen have made three consecutive IPL ducks, but never of the golden first-ball variety,
This gets worse. It's Turner's fifth straight duck in all T20 cricket, when you include his nought for Australia against India in Visakhapatnam in February, and his Big Bash donut for the Perth Scorchers earlier that month.
And that, for the record, is also a record.
Life can be cruel, cricket doubly so.
Turner has dominated Big Bash cricket in recent seasons, and was a key figure in Australia's One Day resurgence in the recent series against India, making 84 off just 43 balls in one match.
But the way he got out overnight bunting the ball meekly to covers wasn't good. It spoke of a man who has completely lost his confidence.
Indeed, if you watch the video at the top of this story, the commentator is chortling. Which is far from polite.
Yes, the tables have certainly turnered for Ashton, who may now have to change his name to Ashduck.
For the record, Turner's Rajasthan Royals racked up a healthy 6/191 thanks to a century to Ajinkya Rahane and a breezy 50 from a bloke you might have heard of called Steve Smith.
But they lost to the Delhi Capitals, who overhauled their total with four balls to spare. The scorecard is here.