Wasim Jaffer gives savage response to pitch critics after Day 1 of England vs New Zealand

17 wickets fell in the first day of the ongoing England vs New Zealand Test at Lord’s

Wasim Jaffer, Tom Latham
Wasim Jaffer, Tom Latham (Image Credit : Twitter)

Wasim Jaffer doesn’t shy from taking a dig at anything that he feels is going wrong in the cricketing world. Early last year when a lot of former England players blamed the Indian pitches for their team’s failure, Jaffer explained to them how it is the team’s fault through memes. With 17 wickets falling on the first day of the Lord’s Test between England and New Zealand. the former India player didn’t shy away.

He posted a meme that was captioned “When 17 wkts fall in a day at Lord’s, talk is about skills of the bowlers. When 17 wkts fall in a day at Ahmedabad, talk is about conditions,” he wrote. The 44-year-old was referring to the 17 wickets fell in the Pink Ball Test match played in Ahmedabad last year. Notably, on that day, India won the game by 10 wickets and had come closer to the World Test Championship final.

Talking about the ongoing Test at the home of cricket, the World Test Championship winners won the toss and elected to bat first. However, this decision proved costly for the team as they kept losing regular wickets and were all-out for 132. Six batters couldn’t cross the double-digit mark with James Anderson and debutant Matthew Potts picking four wickets each for the Three Lions.

In reply, the home team had a good start as they were 59/0 at one stage. However, the team kept losing regular wickets and disappointed their fans and were 116/7 at the end of the day. The ongoing second day of the game saw the hosts getting bundled out for 141, taking a lead of just nine runs. In reply, the Kiwis haven’t been able to come up with an improved performance in the second innings.

They have lost three wickets for 35 runs with skipper Kane Williamson falling to Potts for the second time in the game. The team is leading by 47 runs and will be hoping for Daryl Mitchell and New Zealand’s lower middle-order to put up substantial partnerships for the team.

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