Sam Billings’ “Crazy Catch” in the third test between England and New Zealand is the perfect cure for your Monday blues.
Sam Billings, who had just replaced Ben Foakes as the Covid on Sunday, pulled an edge off Jack Leach that had gotten caught in the space between the latter’s knees.
England had very little going for them in recent Test cricket. However, things have gotten better for them due to a change in the leadership group. Now that Ben Stokes has been selected the Test captain and Brendon McCullum has been named head coach, things seem to be going well for England. They have received a lot of praise and successful results for their novel approach to cricket. It seems like luck was also on the English side on Day 4 of the third and final Test at Headingley, Leeds.
During New Zealand’s second innings, there was an unexpected dismissal. Sam Billings, the replacement wicketkeeper, successfully caught Neil Wagner between the legs. Thus, they had only joined the game on Sunday to take Ben Foakes’ place as Covid.
So Billings was fortunate that the ball, which had taken a thick edge and bounced off his torso, got caught between his knees.
Sam Billings produced a “crazy catch” to remove Neil Wagner on Day 4 of the third Test match between England and New Zealand.
One crazy catch! 😅
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 26, 2022
Billings took the place of Ben Foakes, who had tested positive for COVID-19.
Due to a stiff back, Foakes was unable to participate in Saturday’s third afternoon of play at Headingley. But after a check at the team hotel, he later tested positive.
Jonny Bairstow played in New Zealand’s second inning. He has so spent the majority of his Test career filling in behind the stumps and keeping wickets. Billings, who made his Test debut in Australia’s last Ashes series loss, was subsequently asked to take over for the rest of the match.