Windies Test debutant Sunil Amris secured an unwanted piece of history when the southpaw was dismissed hit wicket in the very first delivery of his Test career. Windies struggled their way to 134 before New Zealand ended the day’s play on 85/2. Ambris who scored a sensational 153 of 145 deliveries during a tour game against a quality New Zealand A bowling attack was handed over his maiden Test cap by the former legendary Windies pacer Joel Garner.
After a 59 runs partnership between Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell, Neil Wagner broke through the top order and bagged three quick wickets before lunch as the visitors were reduced to 79/3. The left-arm seamer bagged a couple more in the first over after resumption, and that’s when the history was made.
Shai Hope brought Ambris to the crease for his maiden Test innings after strangling down the leg side for a single. However, it lasted a solitary delivery as the youngster played back to a short delivery and stood on to his stumps to become the first batsman to be dismissed for a golden duck in his debut innings. He is also the 6th batsman in the history to be out hit wicket for a golden duck.
He became the very first batsman in the history of Test cricket to be out hit wicket for a golden duck on Test debut. Ambris is also just the sixth batsman overall to be out hit-wicket for a golden duck in a Test innings. Ambris is the 63rd player in history to be out for a golden duck on Test debut. 25 were caught, 19 bowled, 16 LBW, a run out one stumped and now the first hit wicket.
Wagner eventually finished with sensational figures of 7/39 which wrecked the visitors all through their batting, New Zealand in reply reached 84 with the loss of Tom Latham and skipper Kane Williamson.
Test cricket’s hit wicket golden ducks
Imtiaz Ahmed, 1962 Pakistan v England, Dhaka
Vijay Manjrekar, 1962 India v West Indies, Port of Spain
Mike Proctor, 1967, South Africa v Australia, Port Elizabeth
Vanburn Holder, 1975, West Indies v India, Chennai
Deryck Murray, 1980, West Indies v England, The Oval
Sunil Ambris, 2017, West Indies v New Zealand, Wellington