Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Cox Says His Best Ever Catch Came On Worcs Debut

Cox Says His Best Ever Catch Came On Worcs Debut

Ben Cox can reflect on an excellent 2015 season with bat and behind the stumps for Worcestershire which included what Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes described as "one of the best wicket-keeping catches I've ever seen."

But Cox has a different opinion to former England keeper Rhodes who was full of praise for the superb catch taken high and away to his right to dismiss Warwickshire tail-ender Chris Wright in the LV = County Championship match at Edgbaston.

The 23-year-old, who scored more than 700 LV = County Championship runs last summer, says his catch to dismiss Gloucestershire opener Michael Klinger off Mitchell McClenaghan bowling at express pace at Cheltenham in July 2014 was even better.

And Cox believes his best ever catch came in his FIRST senior appearance for Worcestershire six years ago.

Cox said: "I saw Bumpy's comments at the time about the catch at Edgbaston and I can't remember a great deal to be honest. It happened so quick. It was a case of 'nick' and in a split moment I thought I could get there.

"A lot of hard work goes into those diving catches so it is always nice when you get them in game situations but that was certainly one of the better ones in my career so far.

"How did that catch compare to the one at Cheltenham? I still think that one was better. Two totally different sort of nicks.

"That was Mitch (McClenaghan) bowling at Cheltenham on his Championship debut at a really high pace, the quickest bowling I had faced, and I was stood a decent way back.

"It happened so quickly. It really climbed but the one at Edgbaston last summer was a lot more closer, a lot more to do with reaction but I was pleased with both."

Cox added: "I still believe my best catch was on my debut at Somerset at the end of the 2009 season.

"It down the legside, off Arul Suppiah off the bowling of Gaz Andrew, away to my left one-handed.

"For me, because it was going to my left, when at the time I hadn't done much wicket-keeping, being in only my second year of wicket-keeping, I think that is still the best one."