Piers Morgan and Brett Lee: World Cricket's Clowns of the Month, December 2013

Alex TelferFeatured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2014

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 27:  Piers Morgan salutes the crowd after facing deliveries from former Australian cricketer Brett Lee (2nd R) as commentator Mark Nicholas (L) and Shane Warne look on 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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The final World Cricket's Clown of the Month award for 2013 is a special double award.

It looked like the Jackass crew were in Melbourne when the outspoken British TV presenter, Piers Morgan, faced a no holds barred over of pace bowling from Brett Lee during a tea-break of the fourth Ashes Test. With predictable results.

It's hard to have sympathy for Morgan (who, to be fair, doesn't ask for any) whose constant sensationalist opinions, tweeting and celebrity name-dropping rub many people up the wrong way.

One of who was seemingly Aussie speedster Lee, who sent down five brutal short balls that would've had the world's elite batsmen trembling, never mind a non-cricketer.

Four deliveries struck the ex-newspaper editor on the body, while the one pitched-up delivery struck the stumps.

Watched on by a crowd baying for blood, the stunt, which materialised when Morgan questioned the England batsmen, became a YouTube sensation but was condemned by members of the media including, as reported on Foxsports, former New Zealand great Richard Hadlee.

And the final, sorry twist in the tale was Morgan confirming that one of his ribs had been fractured in the assault.

So for being the main participants in the odd spectacle, Piers Morgan and Brett Lee are our World Cricket's Clowns of the Month.

Perhaps if England had managed to push Australia a little closer, this distraction may never have occurred.