A bowler is rarely seen smiling when a fielder drops a catch off his bowling but Jofra Archer just could not stop laughing when his teammate Joe Denly dropped one in the just-concluded second Test between New Zealand and England. It was perhaps the worst drop in the history of cricket as Joe Denly made a mess of that catch. In the process, he ended up giving a reprieve to none other than New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.
The odds were firmly stacked against England in Hamilton as they pressed for a win to level the series. There was not much assistance from the pitch for the bowlers, the rain threat was looming large while Williamson and Ross Taylor had already added 126 runs for the third wicket. Joe Root brought back Archer in the attack and he almost made an immediate impact.
The England pacer drew Williamson into a poor shot. The ball looped tamely to Joe Denly at mid-wicket. The ball was at a knee height and looked so easy that Archer started celebrating it even before the ball reached Denly’s hand. But to everyone’s utter surprise, Joe Denly ended up spilling the dolly. Archer, on the other hand, had wheeled away in celebration before Williamson gestured for him to look back.
Archer just could not believe that Denly had failed to hold on to the catch and started laughing in disbelief while rest of the England players held their heads in their hands. To add salt to the wound, Taylor and Williamson made England toil hard for the dropped catch. Both the players went on to score unbeaten centuries to ensure a draw for the hosts. New Zealand won the series 1-0.
Here is that drop from Joe Denly:
It had to be England 🤣🤣🤣
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