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ENG Vs NZ, 3rd Test: Crazy Henry Nicholls Dismissal Forces MCC To Clarify Cricket Rules Again - WATCH

New Zealand batter Henry Nicholls became a victim of bizarre dismissal in the third Test against England.

'Bizarre! Mitchell middles it to mid-off and Nicholls is out!'
'Bizarre! Mitchell middles it to mid-off and Nicholls is out!' Screengrab

This will go down in the history of cricket as one of the strangest dismissals. It happened on Day 1 of the third and final Test between England and New Zealand at Headingley, Leeds. And the victim, Henry Nicholls. (Scores | Cricket News)

Having recovered from a bout of COVID-19, Kane Williamson returned to lead an embattled New Zealand side. And he won the toss and duly opted to bat first, only to witness a procession of Kiwi wickets including a bizarre dismissal.

In the final over before tea, Henry Nicholls tried to drive Jack Leach down the ground. But the ball instead hit Daryl Mitchell's bat at the non-striker's end even as he made an evasive action to avoid the ball. The ball then ballooned to Alex Lees at mid-off.

Henry Nicholls made a patient 19 off 99 balls.

The mode of dismissal befuddled fans and pundits alike. Marylebone Cricket Club, the guardian for the game, then joined the chorus and explained:

"An unfortunate dismissal? Yes. But wholly within the Laws," the venerable MCC wrote in a tweet. "Law 33.2.2.3 states it will be out if a fielder catches the ball after it has touched the wicket, an umpire, another fielder, a runner or the other batter."

One of the reactions read: "Bizarre! Mitchell middles it to mid-off and Nicholls is out!"

England are eyeing a 3-0 series clean sweep against the inaugural ICC World Test Championship winners.

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