New Zealand and England are facing each other in the 3rd Test match at Headingley in Leeds. England has already taken a lead of 2-0 in the 3 match Test series. They would look to win the third test match to sweep the series. It would be a great start to the Test captaincy era of Ben Stokes.
Sam Billings made his place in the playing XI of England on fourth day of the third test match after Ben Foakes was ruled out of the third test match due to COVID -19. Billings came in as wicketkeeper replacement for Ben Foakes. Billings took a brilliant catch on the bowling off Jack Leach to dismiss Neil Wagner for a duck.
Neil Wagner came in to bat in the 102nd over of the innings after Southee was dismissed by Jack Leach. Wagner got a faint edge while trying to play a defensive shot against Leach. Sam Billings fumbled on the first attempt. But he kept his eyes on the ball and watched it till the end.
Billings managed to keep the ball in between his knees and then later collected it safely with his gloves. All England teammates appreciated his presence of mind. This was the fourth wicket of Jack Leach. Later he dismissed Boult to grab a Fifer. Jack Leach took a Fifer in the first innings too.
One crazy catch! 😅
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 26, 2022
New Zealand give a target of 296 runs to England
New Zealand scored a total of 329 runs in the first innings with the help of a brilliant century from Darry Mitchell. It’s his third consecutive century in the series. In reply to it , England was struggling at 55 for 6. But Jonny Bairstow and Jimmy Overton formed a great partnership to take England to a dominating position.
Bairstow played an outstanding knock of 162 runs. While Overton missed his century by just 3 runs. England got a lead of 31 runs. New Zealand in their next innings scored 326 runs with the help of fifties from Blundell and Mitchell. Jack Leach took a 10 wicket haul in the match. England got a target of 296 runs to chase.