Cape Town - 2018 Big Bash League sensation, Hobart Hurricanes opener D'Arcy Short, left his coach, former Proteas mentor Gary Kirsten, needing emergency dental work after he was struck a nasty blow in the face at training.
According to the Cricinfo website, Short, 27, who has tallied a record BBL run tally in this season's competition to push himself into Australian contention for an international call-up, was being given throwdowns by Kirsten in the indoor school at Bellerive Oval when he struck one back at his coach.
Kirsten, 50, in his first year at the helm of the Hurricanes, suffered a cracked jaw and needed dental work to fix multiple broken teeth.
Hurricanes captain George Bailey said that Kirsten was fortunate that
the injuries we not more severe.
"It was wet, so we were in the indoor centre," Bailey told cricket.com.au.
"Darce just whacked one back at him (Kirsten) that he didn't pick up in time.
"He is hitting the ball pretty cleanly and hard at the moment. It was a bit messy. (Kirsten) has actually come out of it very luckily in the big scheme of things.
Kirsten played 101 Tests for South Africa, the last of which came in 2004, at an average of 45.27.
Following his stint at the Hurricanes in the Big Bash, Kirsten will link up with the Royal Challengers Bangalore as their batting coach in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL).