Brett Lee: Was making a point to Piers Morgan about facing extreme pace
Brett Lee (above) was challenged to a duel on Twitter by talk show host Piers Morgan © Getty Images
Wellington: Jan 5, 2014
Australian pace legend Brett Lee has said that he simply gave British TV host Piers Morgan a ”lesson” about how tough it was to face extreme pace following the barrage he unleashed at the media personality in a television stunt during the fourth Ashes Test at Melbourne.
Lee was criticised by New Zealand great Richard Hadlee for subjecting Morgan to a seemingly life-threatening over for a segment on Australia’s Channel Nine show after Morgan challenged Lee to a duel via Twitter to prove a point to the English batsmen about courage under fire.
According to Stuff.co.nz, Morgan finished the over battered, bruised and with a broken rib but Lee said he simply gave the media celebrity what he craved, the chance to educate ”keyboard warriors” about how tough it was to face extreme pace, although he added that he loves the fact that Morgan stands by his word.
Lee further said that Morgan found out what it felt like for the English batsmen to face 150 kmh bowling first hand, even getting a broken rib in the process, although he added that Morgan has a great cricketing brain.
Lee admitted the crowd that milled around the MCG’s practice nets to jeer Morgan and urge him to take the Englishman’s head off, generated an electric atmosphere, adding that a ”natural instinct” also played a big part.