Cricket’s ‘strangest wicket ever’ even has England players bemused by luck

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English cricketers were left bemused when New Zealand batsman Henry Nicholls was caught thanks to hand helping of luck from a freak deflection.

Jack Leach was on bowling duty when Nicholls attempted to drive the ball back towards the Englishman. However, Nicholls' teammate Daryl Mitchell found himself in the way of the ball, and he couldn't get his bat out of the way in time.

The ball deflected off the bat of Mitchell and into the welcoming arms of Alex Lees, who couldn't believe his look. Leach looked bemused as he tried to work out how the straight drive from Nicholls had ended up in the hands of his teammate, who was stood in a complete different direction.

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One fan tweeted: "This really is amazing!!! Cricket is so wonderfully bonkers & so horribly cruel at times!!!"

"If this happened in a film I’d turn it off for being too unrealistic. Mad," another added. While a third tweeted: "This is exactly the luck that Jack Leach needs right now. It’s going to be a good match for him, I can feel it in my bones."

While a fourth said: "This is surely one of the oddest dismissals ever in international cricket!"

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Incredibly, this isn't the first time this kind of wicket has been taken.

Sir Alastair Cook pointed out that Andrew Symonds was caught via a deflection off Michael Clarke's bat in an ODI between Australia and Sri Lanka in 2006.


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