NZ vs AUS [WATCH]: Josh Hazlewood leaves crowd in splits after a fan request him to sign on a sandpaper during Christchurch Test

During Day 2 of the second Test match between New Zealand and Australia at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood provided an amusing moment for the crowd. While fielding at the boundary, Hazlewood was engaged in signing autographs for enthusiastic fans when a peculiar request caught his attention.

The sandpaper saga resurfaces

Amidst the regular paraphernalia of bats and caps, one fan handed Hazlewood a piece of sandpaper. The significance of sandpaper in cricket circles dates back to the notorious ball-tampering incident involving Australia during the 2018 series against South Africa. The scandal, which saw the trio of Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft implicated, resulted in significant repercussions for Australian cricket.

Josh Hazlewood’s humorous response

Despite the sensitive nature of the reference, Hazlewood showcased remarkable composure and humor. Recognizing the irony of the situation, he obliged the fan’s request and proceeded to sign the sandpaper. His reaction elicited laughter from the crowd, who appreciated the display of sportsmanship amidst the light-hearted moment.

A moment of sportsmanship

Hazlewood’s response resonated with the spectators, who applauded his good-natured approach. In a sport often characterized by intense competition, his willingness to embrace the humor amidst reminders of past controversies was a refreshing sight for cricket enthusiasts.

A video capturing the incident quickly circulated on social media, with cricket fans worldwide sharing the light-hearted exchange. The clip showcased Hazlewood’s interaction with the fan and the ensuing laughter from the crowd.

Here is the video:

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Australia’s uphill battle in series decider

Notably, on Day 2, New Zealand concluded their innings at 134/2. Then, on the following day, they amassed an additional 238 runs to finish at 372, courtesy of strong performances from their middle-order batters, Rachin Ravindra (82) and Daryl Mitchell (58).

The Black Caps set a challenging target of 279 runs for Australia, who faced difficulties in their pursuit as they stumbled, losing quick wickets to reach 77/4 by the end of Day 3. With another 202 runs required for victory, Australia face an uphill battle in their quest to clinch the series.

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