Cricket can be a cruel or funny sport, depending on which team you are playing or rooting for. For England and most neutral fans, Henry Nichols’s dismissive approach is causing laughter and distrust, and Batter himself and New Zealand fans feel this is an unfair path.
Nichols partnered with Daryl Mitchell after New Zealand lost its first three wickets but it all ended with a good hit drive on the ground by England spinner Jack Leach. Instead of rushing to the boundary behind the bowler, the ball ricocheted in the middle of a non-striker Mitchell’s bat before ballooning into the hands of Alex Lees in the mid-off.
This happened so quickly that Leach was looking at Long-On when his teammates started celebrating. He was still confused when he saw that the ball was in Lees’ hands.
Eagle-eyed fans quickly made a comparison of how the late Andrew Symonds was out against Sri Lanka. At the time, Symonds’ shot flew past Australian captain Michael Clarke’s right leg at the tip of a nonstriker.
While Nichols didn’t have a smile on his face as he walked out, Symonds saw the funny side of it. He leaned towards Clark, the latter owed him a beer and laughed as he walked.
Mitchell continued his impressive form in the series, however, ending the day with an unbeaten 78 off 159 balls. Kiwis wicketkeeper Tom Blundell is on the run and has formed an especially strong partnership with Mitchell, who is on the other end with 45 off 108 balls.
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