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Parkinson debuts in Nelson

Parkinson debuts in Nelson

The 23-year-old leg-spinner took a wicket with his fifth ball in international cricket during the 3rd IT20 against New Zealand

Matt Parkinson has made it two Lancashire international debutants in as many matches after being handed his first cap in the 3rd IT20 vs New Zealand.

The leg-spinner, who leads the Vitality Blast wicket-takers across the last two seasons, was presented his cap by Nasser Hussain before the start of play.

Parkinson and Somerset opening batsman Tom Banton were both given a spot in the XI for the first time, making it six debutants in the series so far after Saqib Mahmood, Pat Brown, Lewis Gregory and Sam Curran.

It took 'Parky' just five balls to claim his first wicket, that of Tim Seifert, who was also the first wicket of Lancashire team mate Mahmood. The wicketkeeper missed an ambitious reverse hit, with the ball cannoning into leg stump.

He finished with figures of 1/14 off two overs, finishing as England's most economical bowlers. Mahmood took 1/49 including the wicket of Ross Taylor LBW.

Eoin Morgan's side have plenty of work to do to get back into the series, losing five wickets in 18 balls to fall by 14 runs to trail in the series 2-1 with two games to play.

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