England vs New Zealand, 3rd Test: Henry Nicholls climbs out of Jack Leach in a strange way after hitting a non-attacker’s bat. Look | Cricket News

Henry Nicholls strangely sacked on Day 1 of England’s 3rd Test© Twitter

Stuart Broad led England’s attack in the absence of James Anderson before New Zealand lost Henry Nicholls in a bizarre way on the opening day of the third Test at Headingley on Thursday. New Zealand were 123 for five at tea, with Broad removing Tom Latham in the first over of the match before capturing New Zealand captain Kane Williamson’s key wicket.

Nicholls, who struggled to 19 off 99 balls, drove powerfully to left-hander Jack Leach at one point. The ball deflected off non-goal scorer Daryl Mitchell’s bat and then gently went to Alex Lees in the middle of a loop for an unlucky dismissal.

Watch: Daryl Mitchell’s bizarre dismissal

England, who have an unassailable 2-0 lead, lost the toss under blue sky and on a seemingly good batting surface. The hosts wanted to make it three wins out of three under their new leadership duo of captain Ben Stokes and test coach Brendon McCullum, a former New Zealand captain.

They were without Anderson, their leading Test wicket-taker of all time, due to an ankle injury. But Anderson’s longtime new-ball mate Broad made up for his absence by removing Tom Latham for a sixth-ball duck after slipping a delivery straight to Joe Root at the first.


Broad also turned down batsman Kane Williamson, whose flowing 31 included five fours, when the batsman edged a fine leg cutter against wicketkeeper Ben Foakes as the seam bowler took his 548th Test wicket. Williamson tore off his glove in disgust in a rare display of emotion.

(With AFP input)

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