In one of today’s New Zealand papers, the great Sir Richard Hadlee blasted former Test cricketer Brett Lee who embarrassed and terrified English media personality, Piers Morgan.
For those who have lived under a rock recently, Morgan attacked the English batsmen and said he could face Mitchell Johnson. Brett Lee said he would gladly bowl to Morgan in place of Johnson, Morgan accepted.
So at the tea break on Day 2 of the boxing day Test, Morgan faced up to Brett Lee. He was wearing padding, including a helmet and was smiling and laughing before he faced up to an over from the Aussie speedster.
Morgan was struck four times before Lee bowled him. Hadlee has said it was unfair for Morgan to face up as there was no way he could possibly defend himself or play against a former Test cricketer.
Hadlee then pointed out the bleeding obvious, saying that what happened was dangerous. Facing any fast bowler is dangerous. They bowl a 156g leather ball, in Lee’s case, at 150km/h. Of course it is going to hurt if it hits someone. But when you step in front of a fast bowler willingly you know the risks.
Hadlee even went as far as to say that the ICC should step in and hand a sanction to Lee, who is contracted to the Sydney Sixers.
There are a number of issues that it seems Hadlee has paid no attention to. The first being that Morgan was the man who challenged Brett Lee. In fact Morgan goaded and sledged Lee before the event, inviting him to bowl as fast as he could.
Morgan was kitted out in plenty of protection. Maybe Hadlee thought they were still in his era with little protection and no helmets. But I digress. Piers today Tweeted that he had no issue with the way that Lee bowled at him.
Now on to the simple farcical suggestion of the ICC sanctioning the Aussie quick. The ICC have no power over Lee in this situation. He was not completing this exhibition as part of his contract with the Sydney Sixers. He completed this in his own time with his opposition completely aware of the risks.
For those who haven’t seen the six thunderbolts, view it here and make up your own mind.