If you play with fire, you get burned, and if you face Brett Lee in the nets, you get battered and bruised. That’s a given, and this is what happened to British journalist and CNN host Pier Morgan – who decided to take on the former Australian pacer for an over of stinging short-pitched deliveries during tea break on the Boxing Day test match between England and Australia.
The result? Pretty much what expected. The old, potbellied Morgan wasn’t able to put bat on ball to any of the half-a-dozen balls Lee directed his way. The 48-year-old copped all but two of the deliveries to his body. One of the two he successfully evaded nearly hit him in the head, and the other went on to crush his stumps. But, despite being completely dominated and humiliated, Morgan – never the one to back off – kept egging Lee on to try even harder.
Before taking his guard, a boastful Morgan said: “I'm about to ruin a great Australian legend.” Even after Lee’s first hit him hard on the chest, the former America’s Got Talent judge murmured: “Didn't feel a thing.”
His attempts at sledging mellowed as the pain from the bruises intensified. At the end of the six-ball spell, he admitted that Lee was ‘a bit quicker than I thought he'd be for his age.’
So what was the physical cost of this daredevil move to Morgan? Well, he says he has a cracked wrist, a bruised rib and had a 'massive egg' on the back of his head.’
Lee did receive a lot of stick on Twitter for being this aggressive with his bowling, but Morgan came to his rescue, saying:
Later, he posted a picture highlighting the area on his hip where Lee’s cherry made contact with him.
Watch the video clip of the whole encounter above.