If things weren’t already enjoyable enough for Australian cricket fans – a quick glance across the Tasman on Tuesday served up another absolute treat.
An Ashes foe making an complete dolly of himself.
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After completing an emphatic two match series whitewash of Pakistan, all eyes turned to the impressive Kiwis, due in Australia shortly for a three match tour starting in Perth on December 12, and their tussle with Joe Root’s side.
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The form of the Kiwi batsman may present concern for the Australians. But England’s Joe Denly has provided some comic relief as Australia do their homework on their next opponents.
Jofra Archer celebrates the ‘wicket’ of Kane Williamson. Stuart Broad knows the real truth.Source:Twitter
Jofra Archer was so sure he had dismissed New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson that he was three quarter way through his celebration before he realised, in fact, unbelievably, he hadn’t.
Denly put Williamson down in what Wisden Cricket Editor Lawrence Booth described as “if not the easiest catch in the history of international cricket … not far off”.
The ball looped up at perfect height and modest speed to Denly at short mid-wicket. The kind of catch a club battler would take in his sleep.
That's ludicrous – Williamson chips Archer to Denly at short midwicket. If it's not the easiest catch in the history of international cricket, it's not far off. Denly drops it, with Archer already celebrating.
But he grassed it. Unable to gather at the first, second or even third attempt.
Stuart Broad’s hand on mouth ‘I can’t believe it’ expression is not one that brings happy memories to Australian fans.
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Though that may have changed on Tuesday, the swing bowler speaking – with his hands and eyes at least – for everyone watching.
"You can actually pinpoint the second when his heart rips in half…" 🔊#NZvEng pic.twitter.com/Cf6is38kvJ
Play resumed on day five with England still clinging to slim hopes of winning the Test to draw the two match series.
Hopes that were further shrunk by heavy rain forecast in Hamilton and Denly’s slippery fingers.
Hands on heads at Hamilton – but not on the ball when Denly was presented with a dolly of a catch.Source:The Daily Telegraph
Williamson (37) and Ross Taylor (31) resumed with New Zealand 2-96 and needing just five more runs to wipe off a first-innings deficit.
Underrated part of Denly's defining moment as a Test cricketer there is the way he doesn't even manage to gather the ball at the second or third attempt as it lands and dribbles forlornly away.
England’s cause wasn’t helped by a lifeless pitch that has made run-scoring difficult but also required diligence to prise batsmen out.
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New Zealand won the first Test by an innings and 65 runs in Mount Maunganui and look set to notch another impressive series result before their three-Test Trans Tasman showdown in Australia.
Man drop that?!
From their past 10 Test series, the Black Caps will have notched eight wins, one draw and one defeat.
Originally published asPom drops ‘easiest catch in history of cricket’
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