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New Zealand on 123/5 at tea against England on day 1 of the series finale

New Zealand on 123/5 at tea against England on day 1 of the series finale

June 24, 2022 00:00:00

England's Stuart Broad (C) rejoicing with England's captain Ben Stokes (L) after New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson (R) is dismissed on day 1 of the third Test at Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds, northern England, on Thursday-AFP

LEEDS, United Kingdom, June 23 (AFP): 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 were 123 for five at tea, with Broad removing Tom Latham in the first over of the match prior to capturing the key wicket of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

On the stroke of tea, Nicholls, who struggled to 19 off 99 balls, drove powerfully at left-arm spinner Jack Leach.

The ball deflected off non-striker Daryl Mitchell's bat and then looped gently to Alex Lees at mid-off for an unlucky dismissal.

Mitchell was 25 not out, having already scored two hundreds in a three-match series where England have an unassailable 2-0 lead.

He might have been out for eight, however, but England decided against reviewing Matthew Potts' rejected lbw appeal.

Replays indicated that by failing to challenge umpire Marais Erasmus's original decision, England had missed the chance to reduce New Zealand to 97 for five.

England lost the toss under blue skies and on a seemingly good batting pitch.

The hosts were looking to make it three wins out of three under their new leadership duo of captain Ben Stokes and Test coach Brendon McCullum, a former New Zealand skipper. They were without Anderson, their all-time leading Test wicket-taker, because of an ankle injury.

But Anderson's longtime new-ball partner Broad made up for his absence by removing Tom Latham for a sixth-ball duck after he edged a delivery straight to Joe Root at first slip.

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