England’s bizarre review went viral on social media© X (Twitter)
England defeated New Zealand comfortably in the first T20I match of their four-match series but a bizarre review by skipper Jos Buttler became a major source of discussion between fans on social media. Glenn Phillips played a forward defence off the bowling of Liam Livingstone and both the bowler and wicket-keeper Buttler went up in appeal. While the umpire was not convinced at all, Buttler decided to take a review and the replays showed that the ball hit the middle of the bat.
Debutant Brydon Carse took three wickets to set up a seven-wicket win over New Zealand.
The 28-year-old South Africa-born paceman, in for the injured John Turner, returned fine figures of 3-23 from his maximum four overs as New Zealand were held to a modest 139-9.
Left-arm quick Luke Wood also took three wickets, following an expensive first over of the match that saw him hit for three sixes, on his way to 3-37.
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Carse, playing at his home Durham ground, told Sky Sports: “It was obviously a great start to my T20 career. It was awesome to play in front of a home crowd at Durham and put in a good performance for the team.
Jos Buttler is closest to the batter and still he went for the review
— Saurabh (@that_cric8guy) August 31, 2023
“I tried to stick to my strengths, hitting the top of the stumps.”
I think they only did it for a laugh!
— Elliott Taylforth (@elliottrib) August 30, 2023
Twenty20 world champions England made light of the chase, finishing on 143-3 with six overs to spare, as they went 1-0 up in a four-match series.
(With AFP inputs)
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