Watch the third Test between England and New Zealand in 2022. Jack Leach claims that Henry Nicholls' freak wicket was a result of silly cricket.

Jack Leach took two wickets in the first day of the third Test against New Zealand at Headingley . The left-arm spinners was unlucky to lose his wicket on the stroke of tea .

LEEDS: On the first day of the third Test against New Zealand at Headingley, England's Jack Leach was left reflecting on a silly game.In the first Test of this three-match tour at Lords, the left-arm spinners' career has been marred by sickness, injury, inconsistent selection, and even a concussion.He was definitely due for a moment of glory, and it arrived on his 31st birthday the next day.Nicholls, on the stroke of tea, drove hard at Leach, only for the ball to ricochet off non-striker Daryl Mitchells bat and loop gently to Alex Lees at mid-off.

I didnt even know if it was allowed, but I'll take any wicket I can get.You get enough that don't go your way.It was unlucky for Nicholls, but it was also good for me.If that was a bonus wicket, there was no denying Leach's knack with which he delivered Will Young lbw with a turn and straighten delivery on his first ball of the day.

I like it because it shows two wickets up on the board, but I don't like the dismissal.New Zealand batting coach Luke Ronchi accepted Leach's fortune in competitive fashion, but suggested Nicholls may have interpreted it differently after an extraordinary conclusion to a grafting innings of 19 off 99 balls.I like those sorts of things that happen, you can always say you were there at the time, and taking those factors out of the equation could make it all boring, said Ronchi.It's his death, sadly for Henry.