New Zealand fast bowler Neil Wagner was seen gifting his pair of pads to a fan at the Lord’s Stadium during the second day’s play of his team’s first Test match against England.
The series marks the first challenge for Brendon McCullum after taking over as the head coach of the struggling English Test team. It is also Ben Stokes’ first match as the full-time captain.
During the second day’s play of the first Test, England was bowled out from their overnight score of 116/7. On the sides, Wagner was seen making a gesture by giving away his pads to a fan who was ecstatic after receiving them.
Watch Neil Wagner’s gesture here:
Neil Wagner gifted a pair of pads to one of the fan at Lord's. What a wonderful and sweet gesture by Wagner! pic.twitter.com/h4dfQERKXG
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) June 2, 2022
Meanwhile, England began their new era under Stokes with a bang. After opting to bat first, New Zealand was blown away for 132. Debutante Matt Potts and veteran James Anderson took four wickets each as they brought down the strong batting lineup of the Kiwis.
In response, England started off well by stitching a 50-run opening stand. Zak Crawley was looking good but his dismissal sparked a stunning collapse, something that was seen far too often under Root’s captaincy.
They crawled their way to 116/7 before being bowled out for 141 on the next day, taking a 9-run lead in the process. Potts once again broke the backbone of the Kiwi lineup in the second innings and they were struggling at 60/4 in the latest update.