No matter how experienced a cricketer is, Test cricket tests him according to his name. Especially the first day of any Test series is not easy for any player. Even veterans lose their sweat, so the condition of the cricketer playing his first match can be gauged. Debut in Test cricket is never easy, but there are occasional occasions when a new face gets hit in their very first attempt. The name of Matthew Potts can be included in this. The right-arm fast bowler wreaked havoc in the very first session of the first Test between England and New Zealand and had to wait just 5 balls for it.
The first Test match between the two teams began at Lord’s on Thursday, June 2. The English team is troubled by injuries to some of its key bowlers. In such a situation, 23-year-old pacer Potts was included in the team to support James Anderson and Stuart Broad. This bowler was brought down to bowl for the first time in the 10th over and he took the biggest victim in Test cricket on his fifth ball.
Kane Williamson the first victim
Potts, who played for Ben Stokes’ home team Durham, dismissed New Zealand captain and legendary batsman Kane Williamson on the fifth ball of his very first over. Williamson was caught by wicketkeeper Ben Fox while trying to defend Potts’s ball. Potts, who scored more than 7 thousand runs in Test cricket and made one of the best batsmen of the current era, was his first Test victim and he celebrated it fiercely.
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By the way, Potts did not stop here and he troubled the New Zealand batsmen a lot in his 8 overs of the first session. After taking Williamson’s wicket, Potts also took the wickets of Darryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell. At the same time, once the decision against him was overturned by the third umpire. That is, overall the New Zealand batsmen did not look comfortable in front of Potts.
23-year-old Matthew Potts has performed tremendously in English county cricket in recent times. Before this Test match, in the first part of the county season, he had taken 35 wickets in just 6 matches. Playing for Durham, Potts impressed the new Test captain and his Durham teammate Stokes, after which he found a place in the team. Then, due to Ollie Robinson being found corona infected, the way for Potts’s debut was opened.