The video that Uvelocity has posted is almost a carbon copy of the catch in question.
Shouldn't be out. I first thought it should, but if you think about it, the ball could easily pop out of his hands if he didn't let it touch the ground (eg. if he held his arms in front of him). Therefore, he hasn't got full control of the catch.
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For the record, I put that it is a catch, but actually think it shouldn't be a catch.
If the fielder is truly in control of his body he should go to the effort of keeping the ball of the ground. With this catch I think he had control of his body, but just couldn't be arsed. Looks like it's a habit too.
Also just reading what you have written in bold - you should not be deemed to have control of the ball until you have finished diving and have landed safely.
Finally is the intepretation documented anywhere?
Not a catch. Grounding the ball - you just don't do it. A fielder should ALWAYS make every effort to keep something between the ball and the turf. That's the idea of catching (in any sport or situation) anyway, isn't it?
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Hm, I would give that. If he had control of it in-air and still had it grasped, it is out, is it not?
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No, otherwise any time where the fielder catches the ball cleanly in the air but loses it upon hitting the ground would also have to be out.
Show that clip to first-class/international cricketers and I would put my house on they'd say it was a clean catch 98% of the time.
If it was bobbling around in his hand then he hit the ground, I wouldn't give it. But he's clearly got control of it and the contact with the turf is only an act of preservation.
You've got to draw the line somewhere. If you take a catch it mid-air then you're not considered to have control of the catch until you're on the ground with the ball safely held off the turf.
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