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WATCH: Neil Wagner gifts set of batting pads to a fan during first Test against England

England end the first day of the Test against New Zealand at 116 for 7 in 36 overs as they trail by 16 runs.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 3 June 2022 12:10 pm

Neil Wagner

New Zealand fast bowler Neil Wagner won hearts during the first Test against England at Lord’s despite not playing in the game. Wagner was seen near the sidelines when he called a fan and presented him with a fresh pair of batting pads. The fan was elated as he trotted back to his seat in joy. 

Like this fan, the fellow admirers of Test cricket were presented with an incredible day of Test cricket where both teams’ bowling attacks produced magical performances. Kicking off the proceedings, England’s James Anderson and Matty Potts ran through the Kiwi batting lineup as they picked up a total of eight wickets. While Stuart Broad and captain Ben Stokes took care of the rest. 

New Zealand was bundled out for just 132 in 40 overs with Colin de Grandhomme leading the way with his 42 in 50 balls. England’s first innings had a decent start as their opener stitched up a 50-run partnership when Tim Southee scalped the dangerous-looking Zak Crawley for 43.

Once again after a great display of defensive batting, the Three Lions lost their second wicket in the 23rd over. This, in a way, opened up the floodgates, as no English batter could set his feet and would be dismissed at regular intervals. The Kiwi bowling found a second wind as each of their bowlers chipped in with wickets. At the end of the day’s play, England was trailing by 16 runs as they were placed at 117 for the loss of seven wickets in 36 overs. 


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