After hitting the non-bat, striker’s Henry Nicholls gets out in an unusual manner off Jack Leach.

After hitting the non-bat, striker’s Henry Nicholls gets out in an unusual manner off Jack Leach. Nicholls, who had struggled to 19 off 99 balls. Drove powerfully at left-arm spinner Jack Leach on the stroke of tea. The ball was deflected off the bat of non-striker Daryl Mitchell and gently looped to Alex Lees.

In the absence of James Anderson, Stuart Broad led England’s attack before New Zealand lost Henry Nicholls in bizarre circumstances on the first day of the third Test at Headingley on Thursday. New Zealand was 123 for five at the break. Broad removing Tom Latham in the first over of the match before taking the crucial wicket of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

Nicholls, who had struggled to 19 off 99 balls, drove powerfully at left-arm spinner Jack Leach on the stroke of tea. The ball deflected off non-striker Daryl Mitchell’s bat and gently looped to Alex Lees at mid-off for an unfortunate dismissal.

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The strange dismissal of Daryl Mitchell

England, who leads by an unassailable 2-0. Lost the toss under blue skies and on what appeared to be a good batting pitch. The hosts were hoping to make it three wins in a row under their new captain Ben Stokes and Test coach Brendon McCullum, a former New Zealand captain.

Anderson, their all-time leading Test wicket-taker, was out with an ankle injury. Broad, Anderson’s long-time new-ball partner. Compensated for his absence by dismissing Tom Latham for a sixth-ball duck after he edged a delivery straight to Joe Root at first slip.

Broad also dismissed Kane Williamson, whose fluent 31 had included five fours. When the star batsman edged a fine leg-cutter to wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, giving the seamer his 548th Test wicket. Williamson ripped off his glove in disgust, a rare display of emotion.

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