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Piers Morgan Endures Barrage of Bouncers from Brett Lee, Twitter Reaction

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 27:  Piers Morgan salutes the crowd after facing deliveries from former Australian cricketer Brett Lee (R) in the nets during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 27, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Lee WalkerUK Managing EditorDecember 27, 2013

Piers Morgan is something of a polarising character so many would have taken great joy in seeing Brett Lee pepper him with bouncers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The CNN talk-show host has been outspoken in his criticism of the England cricket team to his 3.8 million Twitter followers.

Jonathan Trott and Graeme Swann have both left the tour and Morgan has accused England of being quitters, telling Channel Nine via the Sydney Morning Herald.

At least I’d stand there, I wouldn't go home. We seemed to have rolled over like a little puppy dog and said, ‘take us down.’ It’s not some tea party where you give up after the first cup doesn't taste right.

Former Australia fast bowler Lee challenged Morgan to face six balls and the former Daily Mirror editor took up the challenge. He was duly served up a hostile over.

Lee hit him four times, Morgan fell over once and he was bowled once to huge cheers from the onlooking crowd which included current Australian bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle.

Lee was quoted by the Daily Telegraph with these words after the over. 

He got hurt but he didn't get maimed, so that's a positive step. You have to give full credit to the guy—he's going to be really sore tomorrow.

He has a serious, serious bad lump on his wrist, he got a couple (in the) ribs, one on the back—that noise it made was a sickening blow. But he kept on going, so you have to take your hat off to the guy.

The biggest smile around the ground was from Mitchell Johnson I think. I looked over at Mitch and he gave me a wink, he was quite chuffed.

Lee also tweeted a picture of Morgan's bruised arm:

Morgan remained upbeat despite the pain:

Well I thought that went well... @BrettLee_58

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 27, 2013

 

Encouraging to see my courage under fire from @BrettLee_58 has spurred England to put up a fight. I should have done it earlier. #Ashes

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 27, 2013

His efforts were even praised in some quarters including from West Indies opener Chris Gayle:

A man with guts and determination. Heart of a lion @piersmorgan at age 48 to face @BrettLee_58 at that pace. #Courage #Respect

— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) December 27, 2013

 

At one stage I thought @piersmorgan was gonna hit @BrettLee_58 with the bat. LoL. A few stinger from binger will hurt. Re-Match?

— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) December 27, 2013

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