Watch: New Zealand Batsman Henry Nicholls Loses Wicket in the Freakiest and Unluckiest Way Against England

Watch: New Zealand Batsman Henry Nicholls Loses Wicket in the Freakiest and Unluckiest Way Against England

  • The odds 'gods' of sports were probably also left gobsmacked by what transpired in a Test cricket match between England and New Zealand
  • On day one of the third and final match at Headingley Cricket Ground, Kiwi batsman Henry Nicholls smashed the ball into his partner Daryl Mitchell's bat
  • That would have been strange enough, but for the ball then looping up and falling into the hands of Alex Lees via Jack Leach's bowling

Even by astronomical odds of something strange happening on a sports field, what transpired in England earlier today was beyond ridiculous

England spinner Jack Leach took a spectacularly bizarre wicket in the third Test against New Zealand at Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds.

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Henry Nicholls' wicket needs to be seen to be believed.
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According to The Mirror, this dismissal will go down in the history books as Henry Nicholls was caught at mid-off by Alex Lees for 19 off Leach's bowling. In the last over before the tea break, Nicholls attempted to drive Leach down the ground.

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Unluckily, the ball went straight toward his batting partner Daryl Mitchell at the non-striker's end and, while he attempted to take evasive action, hit his bat. It then looped up straight towards Lees, who took the catch, Nicholls given out as the ball had not touched the ground.

Speaking in commentary for BBC Test Match Special, former England spinner Vic Marks said:

"That is a remarkable dismissal. I'm not sure I have ever seen that in a Test match."

Former England captain Michael Atherton said on Sky Sports:

"I've never seen anything like that. And particularly cruel for Nicholls, who was looking a bit out of sorts, battling away. He finally gets one out of the middle of the bat, and then Mitchell, trying desperately to get out of the way, couldn't have placed that in the hands of Alex Lees any better if he tried! An unbelievable moment."

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