Piers reveals broken rib after Lee stunt

2014-01-03 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Television host Piers Morgan has revealed he ended up with a broken rib after facing former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee in a controversial over.

Morgan tweeted pictures of his bruises and said he suffered a cracked wrist, but has now confirmed more serious damage was done.

Morgan tweeted: “BREAKING (literally!) NEWS: Fractured rib confirmed by X-ray … thanks again @Brett­Lee_58”

According to the Stuff website, the face-off was inspired after Morgan, a cricket fan, launched a Twitter tirade about the England team’s pathetic form during the second Ashes Test in Adelaide. When he said he reckoned he could do better than his countrymen, he was challenged by Lee.

Morgan was struck four times on the body by Lee, cleaned bowled once and left flat on his back by another delivery.

The stunt was slammed by Kiwi cricket great Sir Richard Hadlee, who described it as “dangerous and unnecessary” and said it could have proved fatal for Morgan.

But Morgan said there were no hard feelings between him and Lee.

The pair were spotted dining together in Sydney on Monday night, and Morgan said he still thought it was the “most exciting 10 minutes of my life”.

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