England vs New Zealand, 3rd Test: Henry Nicholls comes out in bizarre fashion from Jack Leach after batting a non-striker. Watch | Cricket News

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Henry Nicholls was dismissed in bizarre fashion on Matchday 3 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 bizarre fashion on the opening day of the Third Test at Headingley on Thursday. New Zealand had 123 from five at tea, with Broad knocking out Tom Latham in the first innings of the match before capturing the key wicket from New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

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On the tea shot, Nicholls, who struggled 19 on 99 balls, drove powerfully to left arm spinner Jack Leach. The ball deflected off the bat of non-striker Daryl Mitchell, then gently looped to Alex Lees mid-stroke for an unlucky dismissal.

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England, who have an unassailable 2-0 lead, lost the draw under blue skies and on a seemingly good batting pitch. The hosts were looking to secure three wins from three under their new management duo of captain Ben Stokes and Test coach Brendon McCullum, a former New Zealand skipper.

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They were without Anderson, their best Test wicket taker of all time, due to an ankle injury. But Anderson’s new longtime partner Broad made up for his absence by striking out Tom Latham for a sixth-ball duck after he edged a delivery straight to Joe Root on the first slip.

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Broad also fired star hitter Kane Williamson, whose fluid 31 had included five fours, when the star batsman edged a fine leg cutter to wicketkeeper Ben Foakes as the setter won his 548th Test wicket. Williamson, in a rare show of emotion, ripped off his glove in disgust.

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(With TUSEN inputs)

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