Howzat! CNN anchor Piers Morgan faces rapid over from Brett Lee

Friday, December 27, 2013 - 10:50am

Piers Morgan likes to talk the talk but how did the CNN anchor fare when he had to walk the walk and face a cricket ball coming towards him at 150 kilometers an hour?

Morgan, who likes to tweet from the lip, has been one of England's most outspoken critics over the past few weeks following the team's embarrassing capitulation against Australia in the fiercely contested Ashes series.

And from the cosy surroundings of his U.S. home, Morgan took to Twitter to criticize England's wretched batting in the first three Ashes Tests -- matches in which Australia cruised to victory.

But on Friday in Melbourne, where England are playing Australia in the fourth Test, Morgan got a taste of what England's batsmen have had to contend with over the last few weeks, though none of them were dumped onto their backside -- unlike the CNN anchor.

Facing former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee -- a man who took 310 wickets in 76 Tests, Morgan was pummeled during a six-ball blast.

With Lee not holding back, Morgan gave the appearance of a rabbit caught in the headlights as he backed away from nearly every delivery.

On four occasions the Englishman was hit on the body, while he was also clean bowled by Lee much to the amusement of the watching crowd of 2,000, which included Australian cricketers Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle.

"He got hurt but he didn't get maimed, so that's a positive step," Lee told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"You have to give full credit to the guy -- he's going to be really sore tomorrow.

"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."

If the 48-year-old Morgan was bloodied, he remained unbowed after his bruising experience.

"It's made me reassess what you need out here on an Ashes tour and that is courage, fortitude and a Churchillian spirit of never giving in despite overwhelming odds," he said.


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