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08:20  03 december  2019
08:20  03 december  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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England cricketer Joe Denly appears to have secured his place in the history books - by dropping what is being described as the easiest catch in test cricket . "I play cricket at a pretty bad standard and that drop from Joe Denly is by far the worst I have ever seen," wrote StuJones94.

England's Joe Denly was trending on Twitter for all the wrong reasons after dropping a catch that even "your 95-year-old grandma" would take. Joe Denly begins to contemplate just how he managed to drop the simplest of chances. "That has to rank as possibly the worst ever drop in Test cricket ."

a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: 'He must have fallen asleep!' © Other 'He must have fallen asleep!'

England cricketer Joe Denly appears to have secured his place in the history books - by dropping what is being described as the easiest catch in test cricket.

In fact, the chance offered to him by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was so easy, the bowler was already celebrating.

It was only when Williamson gestured for him to look back that Jofra Archer turned around and saw the Kent man hunched over with the ball on the turf.

Quite how he managed to drop such a simple catch, even he would probably struggle to explain but somehow the ball escaped his grasp.

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Joe Denly dropped Kane Williamson in what is a contender for the worst dropped catch in test cricket history . Denly dropped New Zealand captain Kane Williamson before lunch at Seddon Park from the type of chance you'd be horrified to see go down while watching an under-eight game.

Just as the second Test in Hamilton was heading towards a mundane draw, Joe Denly Williamson was through the shot too early and chipped the ball up to midwicket where Denly was waiting. To make matters worse for Denly , Williamson, on 62 at the time, went on to make his 21st Test century.

To Archer's credit he managed a smile while the rest of the England team held their heads in their hands in disbelief.

a cricket player during a game: ... but the paceman's joy was shortlived © Getty ... but the paceman's joy was shortlived

In the Sky Sports studio, former England batsman Mark Butcher said: "He must have fallen asleep!

"That is astonishing! We'll probably find one or two others that have happened down the years but I don't know how you can drop this. It's virtually impossible."

Archer manages a smile despite the shocking drop © Getty Archer manages a smile despite the shocking drop

And with his name trending on Twitter, cricket fans offered their take on butterfingers Denly's horrific howler.

"I play cricket at a pretty bad standard and that drop from Joe Denly is by far the worst I have ever seen," wrote StuJones94.

"I genuinely think that Joe Denly needs to be arrested for that drop," tommyselwood said.

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Joe Denly drops an absolute shocker at Black Caps v England, second test , day five. Williamson was just as perplexed at the almighty reprieve – immediately deemed as one of the worst dropped catches in cricket history – and he was nearly run out on 97 as well, but Sam Curran missed his

Read about Joe Denly 's Profile, Latest News, Articles, Career updates only on ESPNcricinfo.com. And while he was not entirely convincing - he came within a whisker of suffering a pair on debut, benefiting from a dropped chance in the second innings and the tightest of umpiring decisions in the

a man in a baseball game: Joe Denly could not believe what he had done © Getty Joe Denly could not believe what he had done

Jimmybnorwich wrote: "Joe Denly… my 7-year-old with a blindfold on would be disappointed to drop that."

And to make matters worse, Williamson went on the complete his 21st test century before the game petered out into a dull draw.

However, rh0desy offered some comfort by posting a video of a Mike Gatting blooper he suggested could be the worst.

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