West Indies batsman Evin Lewis was taken off the field on a stretcher after crashing a ball off his own foot during his team’s match against England.
Lewis, from Trinidad, had stormed to 176 off 130 balls as he tormented England at the Oval.
But, his innings was cut short when he caught an inswinger from Jake Ball with the edge of his bat, sending the ball crashing into his ankle below his protective pad.
Several minutes of on-the-field treatment followed, but it soon became obvious that Lewis would not be able to continue, and he was stretched off in a great deal of pain.
X-rays revealed a hairline fracture in his ankle, and for the moment, he is walking in a protective boot, according to the CricketWestIndies Twitter account.
Lewis’ contribution had helped the West Indies reach 356-5 at the halfway point in the match, and he left the field having already posted seven sixes and 17 fours.
Had he not sustained the injury, there’s no doubt that he had the chance to smash Viv Richards’ West Indies record of 189 and become the first player to score a double hundred in an ODI in England.
Lewis’ contribution, however, was not enough to rescue the series for the Windies, as England overcame the losses of Ben Stokes and Alex Hales to take the fourth ODI by six runs and gain a 3-0 lead with the last game of the series still to play.
It should have been an easier victory for England, however, they missed Stokes as a sixth bowler following his dropping out of the squad after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub early on Monday.
Watch Lewis' highlights below, and scroll to 5:38 to see his freak injury.
Stokes’ replacement Sam Billings did not fill the void well as he put in an underwhelming performance.
The absence of Hales was also connected with the alleged nightclub fight in Bristol, although his stand-in Jason Roy took full advantage of his inclusion, and played a big part in England’s rain-aided march to victory.
Although the Windies recorded 13 sixes to England’s four, the home side’s running kept them in good shape, with Eoin Morgan putting in a masterclass before he went out to a spectacular catch.
The final match in the series is not likely to generate much interest, though the West Indies could have pushed to the final match had the Great British weather not spoiled their chances.
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