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Craig Kieswetter suffers gruesome facial injury

14 Jul 2014, 08:07 IST
Craig Kieswetter shared this picture via his official twitter handle

England wicket-keeper batsman Craig Kieswetter suffered a gruesome facial injury while playing for Somerset in a County Championship fixture against Northamptonshire on Saturday.

Kieswetter, who has played for England in 46 One Day Internationals and 26 Twenty20 internationals, completely missed the attempted pull off a bouncer from left-arm fast bowler David Willey as the ball sneaked in between the protective-covering of the helmet and the grill to hit him on his right eye.

Playing an LV= County Championship match at the County ground, Northampton, the right-hander fell down bleeding heavily and was forced to retired hurt for 14.

Speaking on the severity of the injury, Somerset’s director of cricket Dave Nosworthy said: “Craig is in very safe and capable hands at this time. These freak cricketing accidents happen from time to time and I am confident with the right care that he will come through this set back. Naturally Craig will no longer take part in this match, and I am thus sure that you will all join in – in wishing Craig a speedy recovery.”

Former England opener and Somerset skipper Marcus Trescothick said: "He's still being assessed. He'll see people, we're going to pop in and see him in a bit and we'll get to know a bit more after that. It wasn't particularly nice and it was a nasty situation when we were out there.”

The medical reports later revealed that the 26-year-old has endured a broken cheek bone and a nose fracture.

Seeing the funny side of the injury, the South African-born posted from his official twitter handle: “I took keeping your 'eye on the ball' to a completely new level.”

Kieswetter is more known for his batting efforts in England’s 2010 T20 World Cup winning campaign. 

Pictures describing what happened on the field

The video of the unfortunate incident can be found here on the official website of Cricket Australia.

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