New Zealand all-rounder Glenn Phillips appears to apply saliva to match ball during Bangladesh Test

New Zealand all-rounder Glenn Phillips has been accused of applying saliva to the match ball during the first Test against Bangladesh in Sylhet.

On day three of the series opener at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, camera captured the moment Phillips appeared to use saliva on the ball during the 34th over of Bangladesh’s second innings.

The on-field umpires didn’t take any action at the time, but Bangladesh team manager Nafees Iqbal confirmed he had seen the footage and informed the fourth official.

Applying saliva to the match ball was common before the Covid-19 pandemic, but Law 41.3 was updated in October 2022, banning the practice.

In November last year, United Arab Emirates cricketer Alishan Sharafu was caught applying saliva on the ball during an ODI against Nepal, with his opponents awarded five penalty runs.

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New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips. Photo by TANVIN TAMIM / AFPSource: AFP

On Thursday, skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto hit his third Test century in four innings to put Bangladesh on course for a strong total in the second innings of the first Test against New Zealan.

The hosts reached 3-212 at stumps on the third day, leading New Zealand by 205 runs, with Najmul unbeaten on 104.

Former captain Mushfiqur Rahim made an unbeaten 43 and put on 96 runs in the unbroken fourth-wicket stand with Najmul.

Najmul, who scored a century in both innings of Bangladesh’s previous Test against Afghanistan in June, also shared 90 runs with Mominul Haque for the third wicket.

The left-hander has now become the first Bangladeshi cricketer to score a hundred on his debut as Test captain.

He took his hundred, his fourth in Tests, with a single off Ajaz Patel in 191 balls before signing off the day in style with a boundary in the last ball.

The 25-year-old has struck ten fours so far in his innings.

He was however involved in two run-outs on the day, with the last being Mominul, who made 40.

Bangladesh’s Najmul Hossain Shanto celebrates. Photo by Munir uz ZAMAN / AFPSource: AFP

Najmul and Mominul helped Bangladesh recover from 2-26 after New Zealand made 317 in their first innings to take a slender seven-run lead.

Mominul praised Najmul for his “outstanding” batting.

“He knows very well about his game and has a clear mind,” Mominul said.

Patel, the only New Zealand bowler with some success on the day, trapped opener Zakir Hasan leg-before for 17.

Tim Southee directed a straight drive by Najmul onto the stumps at the non-striking end to run out Mahmudul Hasan for eight next over.

Mominul, who joined Najmul in the rescue act, was also the hero for Bangladesh with the ball, having taken the last two New Zealand wickets in the morning.

The tourists, replying to Bangladesh’s first-innings 310, resumed on 266-8, still 44 runs behind.

Southee and Kyle Jamieson frustrated Bangladesh for more than an hour to share 52 runs for the ninth wicket, until left-arm spinner Mominul removed them both in the same over.

Mominul trapped Jamieson leg-before for 23 to leave New Zealand 316-9, and then bowled Southee four balls later for 35 to finish with career-best figures of 3-4.

“We definitely didn’t think it was going to be easy to rock up in the second innings and knock them over,” Jamieson said.

“We’ve still got some work to do tomorrow and try and chip out a few more.”

Southee hit three boundaries in his 62-ball stay.

The two-match series is the beginning of a new cycle in the World Test Championship for both teams.

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