Sheldon Cottrell's one-handed stunner ends Steve Smith stay

Sheldon Cottrell's one-handed stunner ends Steve Smith stay

The competition for the best catch of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 seemed to be over before it began when Ben Stokes took a backwards diving catch in England's opening fixture against South Africa on Thursday. The cricket world salutes you, Sheldon Cottrell!

New Zealand now lead the points table, Australia are second, West Indies are in third place while England come in fourth.

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.

Ross Taylor, meanwhile, marked his 400th global match for unbeaten New Zealand with a superb half-century, hitting 82 off 91 balls, to help seal a dramatic two-wicket success over Bangladesh at the Oval.

When West Indies beat Australia in the inaugural 1975 World Cup final at Lord's, their side included a four-man pace battery.

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.

Australia are pushing hard for some late runs, but this catch may well give the Windies the motivation to finish off the Aussie innings before they get too many runs at the end.

Both Australia and West Indies are full of match-winners, which makes the contest interesting.

The hard-hitting Nathan Coulter-Nile, meanwhile, hit the highest score by a number eight batsman in World Cup cricket.

Chris Gayle started off World Cup 2019 with a fluent fifty.

Former Australia captain Steve Waugh, a two-time World Cup victor, has been impressed by what he has seen from the West Indies so far.