A DUCK became the unwitting star of the second cricket test between England and New Zealand at the Basin Reserve.
The male paradise shelduck brought amusement to onlookers as it sat quietly in the outfield for much of the second day.
The birds are not endangered, but are known to mate for life, which had many people wondering where this cricket-loving bird’s special friend was.
Unfortunately, a member of staff confirmed to Fairfax NZ that a female paradise shelduck had been found dead at the ground on the previous day. It could not be confirmed whether it was the result of a cricket-related injury or if the felled bird was an acquaintance of the celebrity duck, nor where he was at the time of her death. Police are not thought to be investigating the matter.
Live commentators frequently discussed the camera loving quacker between overs, speculating as to whether it was a bad omen for the incoming batsmen. The cricket duck was also keenly discussed by international media covering the Test including The Guardian, The Telegraph and the BBC.