After 98 balls of grind, Henry Nicholls advanced down the wicket confidently to his 99th delivery from Jack Leach on the first day at Headingley. Nicholls got to the pitch of the ball and drove it emphatically down the ground.
But, rather than heading towards the boundary ropes at the Football Stand End, instead Nicholls could only watch on with horror.
Daryl Mitchell has been middling the ball all series; this time, he middled Nicholls’s shot, diverting it straight to Alex Lees at mid off, dropping into his hands like an apple from a tree.
What on earth!? 😅🙈
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— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 23, 2022