Classic Shots: When Waugh and Gillespie clashed and broke their bones

Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi of Reuters caught this frightening moment

COL01:SPORT-CRICKET AUSTRALIA:KANDY,SRILANKA,10SEP99 – Australian fielders Jason Gillespie (left) and captain Steve Waugh collide in attempting to take a catch from the bat of Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardena on the second day of the first cricket test at the Asgiriya stadium in central Kandy September 10. Jayawardena survived with his score on 34 but the two fielders were taken to hospital with Gillespie rushed on a stretcher with a broken leg and Waugh with an injured nose. The Jayawardena swept a ball from Colin Miller and Gillespie came in from long-leg while Waugh rushed down from short fine-leg to take the catch. Sri Lanka went in for lunch at 181 for 5. al/Photo by Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi REUTERS

The incident occurred at Asgiriya in Kandy. The injuries were serious. Waugh’s nose had been driven in– a few centimetres more and he would have been dead.  Sanath Jaysuriuya phoned a pal in the SL Air Force and they sent a helicopter to Bogambara playing fields so that the two injured cricketers could be air-lifted to hospital in Colombo

Cricketers Steve Waugh with a broken nose and Jason Gillespie with broken leg in Colombo hospital after their collision.Source:News Limited …. Gillespie missed 15 months of cricket as a result but Steve Waugh was back on the cricket field in a week or so and played in another Test Match. One tough hombre! … SEE

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