Army salute becoming image of W. Cup


Army salute becoming image of W. Cup
Sheldon Cottrell celebrates taking the catch to dismiss Australia's Steve Smith.

Nottingham - 'Cottrell is a cricketer but he still sees himself as a soldier'


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Published: Fri 7 Jun 2019, 9:46 PM

Last updated: Fri 7 Jun 2019, 11:48 PM

Sheldon Cottrell turns around, strides forward three paces, comes to a stop and makes a salute.
 A proud soldier from Jamaica, Cottrell is not marching with his fellow troops at the barracks back in Kingston.
 No, Cottrell is in the middle of a cricket pitch in central England, celebrating taking a wicket at the World Cup.
 In what is quickly becoming one of the images of the tournament, the 29-year-old Sheldon - a fast bowler for the West Indies cricket team - is marking the moment he gets a batsman out by showing his respect to the regiment he serves back home.   "It's a means of telling them thanks for your loyalty and support," West Indies team spokesman Philip Spooner. "He is a cricketer but he still sees himself as a soldier."
 The salute came out three times on Thursday - once after taking an extraordinary catch on the boundary - during West Indies' group game against Australia at Trent Bridge.
 Jubilant teammates gathered around Cottrell to watch his unique performances after getting out David Warner and Glenn Maxwell with his left-arm deliveries, with Andre Russell joining in as they fell backward after finishing the salute.   It came out again after Cottrell dismissed Steve Smith, Australia's danger man, with a one-handed catch on the boundary. Because he was about teeter over the boundary rope, Cottrell tossed the ball in the air, wheeled out and then back in the field of play, before collecting the ball again.
 Cottrell's efforts were in vain, though, as Australia eked out a 15-run win.   The salute has become wildly popular at the World Cup, with schoolchildren lining up at Trent Bridge to receive a demonstration of it by Cottrell this week.

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