Henry Nicholls was strangely dismissed on the first day of the third Test against England© Twitter
Stuart Broad led England’s attack in the absence of James Anderson before New Zealand lost in a bizarre fashion to Henry Nicholls on the opening day of the third Test at Headingley on Thursday. New Zealand posted 123 for five at tea, with Broad removing Tom Latham before grabbing the crucial wicket of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson in the first over of the match.
At the stroke of tea, Nicholls, who scored 19 off 99 balls, hit left-arm spinner Jack Leach. The ball took off from non-striker Daryl Mitchell’s bat and then gently looped Alex Lee at mid-off for an unfortunate out.
WATCH: Daryl Mitchell’s Bizarre Dismissal
What on earth!?
— england cricket (@englandcricket) 23 June 2022
England, who have an unassailable 2-0 lead, lost the toss under blue skies and on a well-battered pitch. The hosts were looking to register three out of three wins under their captain Ben Stokes and Test coach Brendon McCullum, a former New Zealand captain.
They were without Anderson, their all-time leading Test wicket-taker, due to an ankle injury. But Anderson’s longtime new teammate Broad made up for his absence by removing Tom Latham for a sixth-ball duck when he delivered a straight to Joe Root at first slip.
Broad also dismissed star batsman Kane Williamson, whose fluent 31 included five boundaries, when the star batsman hit wicketkeeper Ben Fox with a fine leg-cutter as the seamer took his 548th Test wicket. Williamson tore his glove in disgust in a rare display of emotion.
(with AFP input)
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