England spinner Jack Leach said that he wasn’t happy with Henry Nicholls’s mode of dismissal in the third and final Test against New Zealand at Headingley in Leeds. In the 56th over of the opening day’s play, Nicholls tried to dance down the track and smash Leach for a four and timed the ball to perfection.
But to his dismay, the ball deflected off non-striker Daryl Mitchell’s bat and lobbed to mid-off where Alex Lees took a simple catch. Leach reckoned that he bowled relatively well to Nicholls, but also admitted that he didn’t like the mode of dismissal.
“I didn’t even know if that was allowed. I don’t actually like the dismissal but I felt like I bowled pretty well to Nicholls leading up to that you just have to take it. It’s a silly game, isn’t it? That’s what it made me think: it’s a stupid game that we play. Never seen anything like it. It was very lucky for me, very unlucky for Nicholls,” Leach was quoted as saying after the day’s play.
Later, the official Twitter handle of the Marylebone Cricket Club said that the form of dismissal was unfortunate, but within the laws.
An unfortunate dismissal? Yes. But wholly within the Laws.
Law 184.108.40.206 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.
— Marylebone Cricket Club (@MCCOfficial) June 23, 2022
Including Leach for the game was one of the two changes that England made in the Leeds Test. The decision paid immediate dividends as the left-arm spinner accounted for the wicket of Will Young in the 13th over on Day one.
MAKES YOU PROUD
Apart from being satisfied with the way he bowled, Leach was also delighted about getting his 25th cap from the legendary James Anderson, who didn’t play the game due to an ankle injury.
“It’s nice to get into the game early as a spinner. Getting a wicket early eases everything for you, too. The weather and wicket – it was good toil out there. I tried to be as aggressive as I could. I knew they were going to come at me,” he stated.
“I’m just happy to be out there playing. To reach 25 caps was a bit of a surprise. I thought I was on 24. It’s a nice little milestone. It makes you proud of what you achieved. I didn’t think I’d get one, so it’s special. Nice to get it from a legend and someone who helped me with my game,” Leach added.