A bizarre incident was witnessed on the cricket field during a County Championship match on Tuesday (July 24). With Yorkshire closing on victory, Lancashire captain Liam Livingstone came out to bat wearing a short-leg pad to shield his broken thumb on the left hand.
Lancashire, the Red Rose county, were reeling at 204/9 while chasing Yorkshire’s target of 323 in the fourth innings when Livingstone joined James Anderson at the crease with what appeared like a shin-pad on his left arm. Later on, it was confirmed to be a short-leg pad.
Fortunately for Livingstone, he did not have to face a single delivery as England Test captain Joe Root got rid of James Anderson to seal a thumping 118-run victory for Yorkshire.
Livingstone, who has represented England in 2 T20Is thus far, fractured his thumb while attempting a slips catch on Day 1 of the match. Subsequently, he did not bat in Lancashire's first innings.
This is not the first time that a cricketer has exhibited such bravery, despite being injured. The sight of Proteas skipper Graeme Smith batting with broken hand in Sydney Test 2009 and legendary India spinner Anil Kumble bowling with a bandaged face in Antigua Test 2002 are still fresh in cricket fans’ memory.