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GIF: Alex Doolan's Catching at Short Leg to Remove Graeme Smith, JP Duminy

CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 12:  Alex Doolan of Australia is congratulated by teammates after receiving his cap before day one of the First Test match between South Africa and Australia on February 12, 2014 in Centurion, South Africa.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)
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Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterFebruary 15, 2014

Alex Doolan took a catch on debut for Australia that might be as good as any ever held in the history of Test cricket when he removed JP Duminy of South Africa at Centurion.  

Mitchell Johnson steamed in but Duminy looked to have played the ball cleanly into the leg side.

Despite having no reaction time to speak of, Doolan plucked the ball at the second time of asking.

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As you can see on the real-time replay, it's a catch he had no right to take.

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Remarkably, it's not even his only outstanding short leg catch of the day. Earlier in the morning Doolan collected Graeme Smith in the same fashion—a crisp shot off the middle of the blade, held expertly.

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Twitter was understandably quite excited, as were the commentators:

As @HazeCricket says, that catch by Alex Doolan is "absolutely freakish"...

— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) February 15, 2014

Alex Doolan, you freak. #SAvAUS pic.twitter.com/Lbw7fq08AN

— FOX SPORTS Cricket (@FOXCricketLive) February 15, 2014

Well that shows the first one wasn't a fluke Alex Doolan pulls off another amazing catch, job for life. #SAvAUS

— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) February 15, 2014

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