Piers Morgan confirms broken rib from stunt

SIOBHAN DOWNES
Last updated 11:04 01/01/2014

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Television host Piers Morgan has revealed he ended up with a broken rib after facing Australian fast-bowler Brett Lee in a controversial over.

Morgan tweeted pictures of his bruises and said he suffered a cracked wrist in the stunt exhibition last Friday, but has now confirmed more serious damage was done

He added that he hadn't asked for sympathy and that it felt like a stoning scene from a movie.

The face-off was inspired after Morgan, a cricket fan, launched a Twitter tirade about the England team's "pathetic" form during the second Ashes test in Adelaide.

When he said he reckoned he could do better than his countrymen, he was challenged by Lee.

Morgan was struck four times on the body by Lee, cleaned bowled once and left flat on his back by another delivery.

The stunt was slammed by Kiwi cricket great Sir Richard Hadlee, who described it as "dangerous and unnecessary" and said it could have proved fatal for Morgan.

But Morgan said there were no hard feelings between him and Lee.

The pair were spotted dining together in Sydney on Monday night, and Morgan told Fairfax Media he still thought it was the "most exciting 10 minutes of my life".

"For any club cricketer in the world to face Brett Lee, just fantastic." 

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