Brett Lee Breaks Shane Warne's Hand with Beamer in MCC vs. ROW XI Game at Lord's

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 23, 2017


Crowds filling Lord's in the hope of watching leg-spin great Shane Warne turn his arm over at the home of cricket once again were left disappointed when Brett Lee appeared to break his hand with a beamer. 

The former Australia team-mates were on opposing sides. Lee got his first ball to Warne badly wrong, and the 44-year-old could not swerve out of the way.

Warne managed to negotiate the remainder of the over, the last of the innings, but after his Rest of the World side had returned to the pavilion with a score of 293-7 from their 50 overs, it emerged that Warne had been injured seriously.

A picture was later uploaded by the ground showing the state of Warne's hand. Suffice to say, he was not in any position to bowl: 

Here's @ShaneWarne's suspected broken hand after that incident with @BrettLee_58 #mccvrow

— Lord's Ground (@HomeOfCricket) July 5, 2014

It meant that the captaincy duties were passed to another Australian, Adam Gilchrist.

Warne no longer plays full-time cricket, so the injury doesn't affect his cricketing schedule in any way, but it is a great shame that the sport's most decorated leg-spinner is deprived of a final chance to shine at Lord's, in this match to celebrate the ground's 200th anniversary.