Skip to comments.Pompous Pom Piers Morgan survives a lively over from Aussie pace legend Brett Lee in MCG nets
Posted on 12/27/2013 6:13:47 AM PST by naturalman1975
IT wasn't the fields or the beaches on which his beloved Winston Churchill urged the fight, but Piers Morgan can at least say he never surrendered.
Facing "overwhelming odds" - and Brett Lee bowling in excess of 130km/h - the outspoken former Fleet Street editor turned CNN talkshow host put his arm, ribs, back and just about every part of his body where his mouth has been for weeks.
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For context, a brief explanation of what is going on. For the last 130 years Australia and England have played, on average, about once every two years, a cricket series called 'The Ashes'. It's considered a very big deal among cricket supporters in both countries. The Ashes is old style test cricket - when games last for up to five days, and an Ashes series is now typically five five day matches.
England won the last three series, up until the most recent one, which is currently ongoing, but which Australia has already won by winning the first three of the five matches. This has caused some consternation in England - to be 3-0 down after winning the last three series is not going down well with English supporters. Australians, however, are delighted.
Piers Morgan chose to weigh in and criticise the English team - calling them soft. And that lead to a challenge to him to face the bowling of Brett Lee. Brett Lee represented Australia from 1999 to 2012, and he is one of the fastest bowlers in the world - at his peak he reached speeds of close to 100 mph (he did actually break that once but it was an unofficial match, meaning his official record in 99.9mph). A cricket ball is very similar in structure to a baseball (cork centre, wrapped in string, covered in leather) so it tends to hurt if you get hit with one at those speeds. Lee was not quite bowling at his fastest to Morgan, but it was still in excess of 80mph.
An over is six balls. So ample opportunity for Morgan to get hit a few times - and he did:
"He has a serious, serious bad lump on his wrist, he got a couple (in the) ribs, one on the back - that noise it made was a sickening blow."
“He has a serious, serious bad lump on his wrist, he got a couple (in the) ribs, one on the back - that noise it made was a sickening blow.”
Oh, a late Christmas gift for America!
First, AUS elects a govt that knows Global Warming is BS...now pops Piers Morgan w cricket balls...
Lets see what they do with Miley Cyrus