David Willey runs through drain cover in Cardiff pitch during T20 v Pakistan

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David Willey can count himself extremely fortunate not to suffer a serious injury as he was involved in a bizarre incident during Sunday's one-off T20 vs Pakistan in Cardiff.

Having lost the toss and being made to bowl, Eoin Morgan's side faced an early disruption as Willey began his second over of the innings.

The Yorkshire bowler started charging towards the crease, only for his foot to fall through a drain cover and forced him to abort the delivery.

As you can see in the video below, the bizarre position of the cover was always likely to cause an issue for the bowlers.

Luckily Willey didn't twist his knee or tweak any ligaments. Just a few weeks before the World Cup, that would have been a disastrous way to be ruled out of the tournament.

Glamorgan's Sophia Garden ground staff will no doubt be more relieved than anyone else that no one was hurt.

After the delay in finding and fitting a new cover, it was Willey's fellow bowler, Jofra Archer, who stood out as Pakistan scored 173-6 from their 20 overs.

Babar Azam (65) and Haris Sohail (50) had put the tourists in a promising position before Archer dismissed the latter and ran out the former in one over.

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The Sussex bowler, who is making a late attempt to secure a place in the World Cup squad, eventually finished with figures of 2-29 but showed plenty of the potential that has got England selectors so excited.

Tom Curran and Chris Jordan also picked up a wicket each to restrict Pakistan to a fairly modest total.

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