After winning the first two Tests, England came into the third one without their bowling master, Jimmy Anderson and then they lost the toss in the Headingley Test match.
However, the hosts got off to a good start on day one, restricting the Black Caps to just 123-5 at tea. Stuart Broad and Jack Leach had a brace of wickets each with Jamie Overton claiming his maiden Test wicket for England on his debut.
The main talking point however will be the nature of Henry Nicholls’ dismissal to Leach, it’ll go down as one of the strangest ways to lose your wicket, we still can’t really believe it happened!
Nicholls, in the final over before tea, wanted to let some frustration out after suffering through an incredibly tough day which saw him score just 19 from 98 deliveries.
He charged down to the spinner, looking to power a stroke back down the ground, unfortunately for Nicholls, his shot was stopped by the non-striker, Daryl Mitchell.
His misery didn’t stop there though, the ball came straight from the middle of Mitchell’s bat as he looked to get out of the way of the shot, with the umpire also ducking for cover when the ball rebounded in his direction.
The ball sailed straight into Alex Lees’ hands at mid-off to complete what is probably going to be one of the most bizarre dismissals you’ll ever see.
Leach’s reaction is just priceless, he looks around in complete bemusement as he can’t work out what happened and if he has the wicket or not.
Skipper Stokes had to tell him that it was out, the fact that not all the players knew the rule shows us just how rare it is to see this, Nicholls will certainly be ruing his luck.
Leach probably won’t take a wicket like that ever again and although far from his best or most important, it’s one he’ll certainly remember.
England will be looking to push on after a successful opening two sessions on day one to put them in the driving seat to win the series 3-0.
Although the series is already wrapped up, three wins from three will be a huge boost to the new regime, setting them off to what would literally be the perfect start.