Watch: Henry Nicholls caught in one of the weirdest wickets in cricketing history

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It was a bizarre dismissal – and, after Colin de Grandhomme’s no-ball spared Ben Stokes in England’s chase at Lord’s, and New Zealand lost a series of catches at Trent Bridge before Jonny Bairstow sealed a stunning victory on the final day, added to the sense that, under Brendon McCullum, England get all the breaks.

As Nicholls walked away in disbelief, England could deliver a crucial blow: the end of a 40-run stand for the fifth wicket that threatened to justify New Zealand’s decision to strike first. Leach’s fortuitous wicket left New Zealand 123 for five at tea.

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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, back after missing the second Test with Covid-19, won the coin toss and opted to strike first on flat ground, but England took the initiative .

New Zealand will kick each other out after every batsman except the struggling Latham got a good wicket at bat but failed to continue, although in the case of Nicholls he did not could not do much because luck shone on a dynamic England.

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England are looking to win every game in a home series with at least three Tests for the first time since beating India 4-0 in 2011.

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