WATCH: Brendon McCullum climbs fence at Karachi stadium

The third Test between Pakistan and England is currently being played at the National Bank Cricket Arena

By Web Desk
December 19, 2022
McCullum climbs on the fence at the stadium in Karachi — Twitter/Barmy Army

Head coach of England’s Test team and former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum climbed the fence at the National Bank Cricket Arena during the ongoing third Test in Karachi.

McCullum wanted to give away a shirt to the fans at the stadium but it got stuck on the fence. However, the former cricketer quickly climbed on the fence to untangle the shirt and throw it towards the spectators.

Earlier, Pakistan´s top-order stalwart Azhar Ali failed to score in his final Test innings on Monday as England spinner Jack Leach swung the balance of the final Test in Karachi in the space of six balls.

Leach sent Pakistan´s top three batter back to the pavilion and kept alive England´s chances of securing a historic series sweep with the hosts wobbling at 99-3.

Pakistan started the fourth day on nearly even footing, with openers Abdullah Shafique and Shan Masood looking set and erasing England´s 50-run lead without the loss of a wicket.

But Leach bowled Shan— attempting an ill-advised reverse sweep — for 24 and then knocked over Azhar´s stumps four balls later.

On the first ball of his next over, Leach had Shafique lbw after the batsman misread a delivery that barely turned, leaving the hosts at 54-3.

Captain Babar Azam and Saud Shakeel resisted the English attack and steered their side through the rest of the first session.

But Pakistan will find a 49-run lead for the cost of three key wickets hard to digest over lunch, especially with a first-ever 3-0 whitewash at home still on the cards.

It must be noted that England took full advantage of winning the toss — and their batting depth — to win the first Test by 74 runs on a dead wicket that offered nothing to the bowlers.

Rawalpindi yielded 1,768 runs in four innings — the third most in Test history — with seven individual centuries and five fifties.

The Ben Stokes-led unit won the second Test in Multan by 26 runs after Pakistan failed to chase down a target of 355 runs.

England are on their first Test tour of Pakistan since 2005, having declined to visit in the interim years on security grounds.