Australia all-rounder Cameron Green is adamant he held on to the catch that dismissed India opener Shubman Gill at a crucial period of the ICC World Test Championship Final on Saturday.
Green got his big hands under the ball and claimed a brilliant catch from Gill’s bat on the stroke of tea on an action-packed fourth-day at The Oval, with TV umpire Richard Kettleborough confirming the Australia star had controlled the ball sufficiently for the catch to stand.
Australia great Ricky Ponting said Kettleborough was correct when making his decision when speaking with the ICC during the final session, and Green backed up his claim when asked about the catch by reporters at the end-of-day media conference.
"At the time I definitely thought I caught it," Green said after play as India reached 164/3 at stumps, still trailing by 280 with one day remaining.
"I think in the heat of the moment, I thought it was clean and threw it up and obviously showed no sign of any doubt.
"And then it's left up to the third umpire (Kettleborough) and he agreed."
Green's grab was his second classic catch of the World Test Championship Final, with the 24-year-old also showing off his athletic ability when grasping an even sharper chance to dismiss top-scorer Ajinkya Rahane during India's first innings.
While Green is more renowned for his batting and bowling ability, he is now starting to put together quite the highlight reel fielding in the difficult gully position he is now making his own.
"Ever since I've grown up I have put a lot of time and effort into it (catching)," Green said.
"I think growing up I would always try to get myself in first or second slip and I have done that basically my whole junior career.
"I back myself that I can take a few nice catches and I was a bit disappointed the first day dropping that (easy) one, but it's always nice to repay."
Australia head into the final day at The Oval still requiring seven wickets for victory, while India will be chasing a further 280 runs to rein in their unlikely victory target of 444 that would be the highest successful fourth innings run chase in the history of Test cricket.
Green knows there is still plenty of work that both he and his teammates will need to produce on what should be an enthralling final day in south London and has urged his fellow bowlers to remain patient as they search for the final seven breakthroughs.
"It will be crucial (to stay patient) as it was today to kind of keep our nerve... one or two wickets and we’re back on top," Green added.
"We have to definitely be patient."