Trent Boult catch the latest in a growing list of stunning snares
Black Caps left-armer Trent Boult may just be the best fielder, who also opens the bowling, international cricket has ever seen.
Clearly not content with his rise to seventh in the world test bowling rankings, the 25-year-old further enhanced his reputation for taking stunning catches when he pulled in a one-handed screamer to dismiss Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara in the second test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Sunday.
Shortly after notching his 11th test match double century, Sangakkara was on his way when he cut a rank long-hop from seamer Jimmy Neesham only for Boult to leap acrobatically to his left at point and snatch the ball out of the air.
It was the fourth brilliant catch, and third at the Basin Reserve, Boult has taken for the New Zealand side in just over a year.
The Northern Districts quick first made international waves in the field when he took a similar, and arguably even better, snare to remove West Indian wicketkeeper Denish Ramdin in the second test at Wellington in December, 2013.
He followed that with a superb effort in the second test against India at the same venue a couple of months later, charging in from the cover boundary, diving forward and grasping a one-hander to get rid of Ajinkya Rahane.
And, just to prove the first two stunners were no fluke, in July last year Boult made a miraculous catch on the mid-wicket boundary to dismiss big-hitting West Indian Kieron Pollard during the second T20 international in Dominica.
The latest ripper on Sunday sent a further warning to international batsmen, hit the ball in the air anywhere near Trent Boult at your peril.