New Delhi. The first match of the 3-Test series is being played between England and New Zealand at Lord’s. After bowling out New Zealand for 132 on the first day of this Test, England’s first innings ended on 141 runs on the second day. England got a lead of 9 runs on the basis of first innings. In this test, two players made their debut for England. One left-arm pacer Matthew Potts and the other Matt Parkinson. Potts got a place in the playing XI of this test. But Parkinson’s debut was very unique.
Parkinson was not even included in the squad of the England team selected for the Test series against New Zealand. Then how did he get a chance to debut? In fact, in the opening hour of the Lord’s Test, England spinner Jack Leach suffered a head injury while fielding. Due to this, the symptoms of concussion (dizziness due to head injury) started appearing in the leeches. For this reason, Leach was out of the Lord’s Test without batting and bowling.
There was no spin bowler in the England squad for this Test. For this reason, the England and Wales Cricket Board had to hurriedly call Matt Parkinson, sitting in Manchester, 320 km from London. Parkinson was also able to join the team only after the end of the first day’s play and for this reason he made his Test debut on the second day of Lord’s Test.
Joined the team instead of Leach
Under the ICC’s rule of concussion substitute, another player can be included in the team in place of the injured player. But the player who is coming in the team should be like the injured player. That is, if the batsman is out of the match due to injury, then only the batsman will come in his place and the spin bowler will take the place of the spinner. For this reason, Parkinson was called as soon as Leach was out of the match and Parkinson, who had been waiting for his Test debut for a long time, got a chance to play Test for England.
Parkinson scored 8 runs
Parkinson received his Test cap on the second day of the match. He also got a chance to land on the field on the second day itself. England had lost 9 wickets for 130 runs on the second day and the hosts were still 2 runs behind New Zealand. Parkinson made a strong shot as soon as he came and gave England the lead. However, Parkinson could not stay at the crease for long in front of the Kiwi bowlers. He scored 8 runs in 8 balls. But, with the help of this short innings, England took a 9-run lead over New Zealand.
Plays county cricket for Lancashire
25-year-old Matt Parkinson plays for Lancashire. He does good leg spin. He has so far taken 126 wickets in 37 first class matches at an average of 23.84. He has achieved the feat of taking five wickets once 10 and 4 times. He has already made ODI and T20 debut for England.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 03, 2022, 18:07 IST