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The England fielder returned the ball to the wicket before reattaching his leg.

Disabled cricketer continues fielding despite losing artificial leg

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England Physical Disabilities international Liam Thomas demonstrated unbelievable determination when the national side faced Pakistan in the ICC Academy Dubai Invitational T20 final last week. 

Whilst fielding at deep backwards square, Thomas gave pursuit to a ball which was heading towards the boundary.

As he chased the shot, his artificial leg became unstrapped, and in the circumstances, he would have been easily forgiven for giving up the chase in order to fix the problem.

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However, Thomas continued to chase the ball on just one leg, powering through to prevent the shot from going for four.

After he prevented the ball from crossing the boundary, Thomas returned the ball to the wicket before finally reattaching his artificial limb.

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This show of incredible determination ultimately proved to be fruitless, as the England PD team would go on to lose the final by three wickets.

England had beaten Bangladesh in the opening game of the tournament to reach the final, with the heroic fielder Thomas contributing heavily to England's dominance with the bat. 

You can watch his fielding heroics in the video below.

After the game, captain Iain Nairn praised his side, saying: "We got off to a good start and then let them back into the game with a few wickets in the middle overs.

"We had a reasonable finish and thought that 137 was competitive. It’s not easy batting on such a big pitch – there was a much lower boundary count today.

"Pakistan got off to a flyer. It got to the point where they only needed 50 but we kept tugging them back and made them work very hard for the win," 

This was England PD's second international tour, with their first tour ending with the side being crowned the inaugural world champions after beating Pakistan in 2015. 

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