New Zealand’s Henry Nicholls was dismissed in a strange fashion in the third Test against England at Headingley on Thursday after the ball went off teammate Daryl Mitchell’s bat.
Here, a look at three other freak tests out:
1985: Wayne Phillips (Australia) v England, Edgbaston
England and Australia were tied 1-1 in the fifth Test of the six-match Ashes series.
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Wayne Phillips was helping Australia secure a draw when, at 59, he cut left-arm spinner Phil Edmonds, the ball at silly point from Alan Lamb’s move straight to England captain David Gower at silly mid-off. Was.
England claimed the catch and umpire David Shepherd dismissed Phillips after consulting David Constant at square leg.
In an era before the decision review system, the troubled Philips had no way of challenging the decision and television replays were inconclusive in any event.
Phillips’ exit resulted in a collapse, with Australia being bowled out for 142 in an innings and losing by 118 runs. England went 2–1 and another innings win at The Oval meant they secured the Ashes.
1991: Dean Jones (Australia) v WIS, Georgetown, Guyana
Australia batsman Dean Jones had scored just three runs in a Test in Guyana when he was clean bowled by West Indies fast Courtney Walsh.
Umpire Clyde Cumberbatch, however, called a no-ball – something Jones did not hear amid the noise of the crowd celebrating his exit.
The non-striker Border, however, was yelling at Jones to get back into his crease, but attacker Karl Hooper reacted swiftly, caught the ball and dislodged a standing stump to complete a run out.
Nevertheless, Jones should have been removed under Law 38.2, which states: “If a no-ball has been called, the striker shall not be run out unless he attempts to run.” Jones made no effort to go for a run.
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The tense situation was compounded by the fact that, in an era before neutral umpires, the home board provided match officials. By the time it was realized that a mistake had been made, Jones had left the field and it was too late to reverse the decision.
1999: Sachin Tendulkar (India) v Australia, Adelaide 1999
One of the most infamous ducks in cricket history happened when India’s hero Sachin Tendulkar fell into a Glenn McGrath bouncer during a Test in Adelaide. But he failed to escape the ball and was dismissed lbw by home umpire Daryl Harper after the ball hit his left hand near the elbow.
Australia were adamant that ‘Little Master’ was out, but millions of his fans at home and abroad thought differently. With Tendulkar’s dismissal, India were bundled out for 27 for four and they lost the match by 285 runs.
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