International tournaments are back on. After the IPL’s latest season, it was Team England that started off its national duty immediately. The English team is currently embattled with the Kiwis at home in a three-match Test series. It is the first series for new captain Ben Stokes, and he would want to prove his captaincy skills at all costs. The New Zealand team is being captained by maestro Kane Williamson in the third and ongoing test. After having won the previous two games convincingly, England would want to seal the fate of the series with a win in the last game. The highlight of the third test was when New Zealand batsman Henry Nicholls was subject to a weird dismissal.
Henry Nicholls was batting in the 56th over, around the time of tea. The player was on strike, and partnering with him was Daryl Mitchell. Jack Leach was in possession of the ball. The spinner bowled to Nicholls, and the batsman hit the ball straight towards long-off at the non-striker’s end, where Daryl Mitchell was standing, the ball hit the latter’s bat, deflecting towards mid-off, where the fielder Alex Lees was waiting ready for the ball and caught it cleanly. The catch was rechecked by the umpires and declared clean. Jack Leach, the bowler, had no idea what had happened until he was surrounded by the rest of the British team clapping him on the back and cheering for dismissing Henry Nicholls right before tea.
What on earth!? 😅🙈
🏴 #ENGvNZ 🇳🇿 pic.twitter.com/yb41LrnDr9
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 23, 2022
The New Zealand team had brought on two changes upon themselves, namely Kane Williamson in place of Kyle Jamieson and Neil Wagner in place of Matt Henry. The English team gave a chance to the debutant Jamies Overton who was selected in the team in place of senior speedster James Anderson. The English team is also engaged in an ODI series with the Netherlands and will be hosting South Africa next month for a full-fledged series. All the players will be seen in action during the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year, citing which the English cricket team is playing one country after another, to get an early hands-on experience of different teams and conditions.