ENG vs NZ: Changes in the team, then there was a change in fielding, English player taking shocking catches, hat-trick

Jonny Bairstow took excellent catches in the balls of Anderson and Broad.

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In the first 8 overs of the first day of the Test match between England and New Zealand (ENG vs NZ) at Lord’s, England had dropped New Zealand’s top 3 wickets, with two Anderson and one Broad getting.

A new era has started in England Cricket Team. Under the leadership of new Test captain Ben Stokes and new coach Brendon McCullum, efforts have begun to make England a major force in Test cricket again. After several weeks of T20 cricket, England returned to the Test format for the first time, the World Test champion at home. New Zealand (England vs New Zealand) and it seems that the positive effect of the winds of change has started showing on the team. An example of this is shown in the form of Jonny Bairstow. This England batsman put New Zealand in trouble with his best catches in the slips on the very first day of the first Test against New Zealand. Bairstow started with a stunning catch and then completed the hat-trick.

The first Test match between England and New Zealand began on Thursday 2 June at the historic ground of Lord’s. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson decided to bat first, but his decision was winded up within a few balls, as the pair of two of England’s best fast bowlers began to wreak havoc again with their return to the team. Gave. James Anderson and Stuart Broad dropped 3 wickets for just 8 runs in the first 8 overs and Bairstow was a big contributor in this.

Sensational catch by Bairstow

This swashbuckling batsman of England played an important role in spoiling New Zealand’s condition by taking three excellent catches. In the third over, Will Young’s attempt to defend off James Anderson’s delivery failed and the catch was caught between second and third slip by taking the edge of the bat. Bairstow, stationed at third slip, jumped to his left and spread an arm and took a fine catch just a few centimeters above the ground. This catch was very low, but the timing and grip of Bairstow was absolutely amazing and the catch stuck well in his hand.

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The pair of Anderson and Bairstow did wonders even further and Tom Latham’s catch went to Bairstow in the fifth over. This time the catch came in the right hand but it was very fast and due to this it slipped, but Bairstow immediately dived forward and caught it with one hand in the second attempt. Bairstow’s hat-trick of catches was also completed in the eighth over. This time Devon Conway’s direct catch on the ball of Stuart Broad came in his hands and this time did not make any mistake.

Bairstow’s catches are being given so much importance because England’s slip catching has been very poor in recent months. In the home series against India, then in the Ashes against Australia, England had dropped many catches in the slips, for which the team had to bear the heavy brunt.