Legendary Australian spinner, Shane Warne, broke his hand when participating in an exhibition match between MCC and Rest of the World representative sides at Lord’s last Saturday.
As reported by BBC Sport, the 44-year-old took a crack to the knuckles against the bowling of Brett Lee. His compatriot - and former teammate - showed that he hasn’t lost too much pace since retiring from international cricket.
Warne - captaining the Rest of the World - was at the crease for the final over of his side’s innings, after winning the toss and electing to bat first, and that was when he was struck on the hand by a rising Lee delivery.
The injury he sustained meant that he was unable to take to the field for the second half of the match. Consequently, fans were denied the chance to see the leg-spinner weave his magic with a ball in hand.
The match included some of the greatest names in cricket to have graced the sport in the past 20 years, and was scheduled to celebrate and commemorate 200 years of action at the home of cricket.
Lord’s Cricket Ground, at its current location in St John’s Wood, was the third venue named after Thomas Lord, who established the initial Lord’s ground back in 1787.
Having been situated in their current location since 1814, the game championed some of the greatest names to have walked the long room in recent history.
After starting with the bat, the Rest of the World were in need of saving when they stumbled to 68-5. And their saviour arrived in the form of Yuvraj Singh when he came to the crease.
Prior to his introduction, Saeed Ajmal had ripped through the top order, eventually ending with figures of 4-45 from his 10 overs.
Following the dismissals of Adam Gilchrist, Virender Sehwag and Tamim Iqbal, Singh scored 132 from 134 balls, smashing six sixes in the process.
When he was eventually undone by the bowling of Sachin Tendulkar, Warne was ushered to the middle, where he would make three not-out and sustain a broken hand.
Without the experience and prowess of 708 Test wickets behind them, the Rest of the World crumbled to defeat.
Aaron Finch led the way for the MCC - the opener batted throughout the chase, remaining unbeaten on 181 at the end.
One world class spinner was still available to the Rest of the World, and Muttiah Muralitharan accounted for Sachin Tendulkar (44).
Brian Lara (23) and Rahul Dravid (0) were removed within consecutive balls by Paul Collingwood, who was on a hat-trick when Shivnarine Chanderpaul came to the crease.
The West Indian left-hander survived his opening ball to see his side over the line with seven wickets remaining and more than four overs to spare.
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