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Watch – Star New Zealand player gifts a pair of batting pads to a fan during first test vs England

Neil Wagner wasn’t included in New Zealand’s playing XI for the first Test

Neil Wagner
Neil Wagner (Image Credit : Twitter)

During the first Test between England and New Zealand on June 2, New Zealand’s left-arm pacer Neil Wagner won the hearts of several people as he gifted a pair of batting pads. Wagner isn’t part of the playing XI of his national side. During the game, he gifted a pair of batting pads to a fan. The left-arm bowler did this after entering the spectator’s area. The video has gone viral and the gesture has been appreciated by the fans.

There were a lot of fans present for the first Test of the English summer as the fans in this part of the world love the longest form of the game. After all, the game is being played at the home of cricket, i.e. at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. They witness some superb performances by the veteran James Anderson and debutant Matthew Potts. During the first innings of the Test, both took four wickets each

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For the unversed, Anderson and his partner in-crime Stuart Broad are playing their first game after the Ashes 2021-22. The duo was left out for the West Indies tour in March earlier this year. The team went on to lose the series by 0-1. Meanwhile, Broad took one wicket in his comeback game.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first. However, their decision was proved wrong after they got all-out on a paltry total of 132 runs. Only Daryl Mitchell (13), wicketkeeper batter Tom Blundell (14), Colin de Grandhomme (42*), Tim Southee (26), and Trent Boult (14) could cross the double-digit mark. Six batters got out on single-digit scores.

Anderson or Potts were nearing a five-wicket haul but couldn’t get it as their skipper Ben Stokes took the final wicket of the innings. It looked like the team was coming with an inspired batting performance which hasn’t been in more than a year. However, after being 59/0 at one stage, they were tottering at 116/7 at the end of the day. Southee, Boult and Kyle Jamison took two wickets each while De Grandhomme took one. It will be interesting to see how the game shapes from this stage.

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