Alex Tait will require a number of invasive operations from ear to ear © JustGiving.com
Alex Tait will require a number of invasive operations from ear to ear © JustGiving.com

An amateur cricketer from England, Alex Tait has been seriously injured with 15 broken bones in his face, fracturing his skull, eye sockets, nose, cheekbones and forehead after a ball struck him between his eyes. Tait, a member of Bradford Premier League’s outfit Lightcliffe Cricket Club was bowling in the nets while the unfortunate happened to him. As reported by MailOnline, Tait told Pitchero that he saw the ball coming back very quickly and the very next moment it just struck him very hard on the head. “It was an awful feeling and I knew straight away I was in trouble,” he said.

Tait was immediately rushed to the hospital following the incident that happened on February 13. The doctors have indicated that he will require a number of invasive operations from ear to ear. The extensive restructuring will include inserting metal plates behind the forehead and depending on how the initial operation goes; a neuro specialist will then assess any long-term damage to his brain and eyes.

Tait currently faces a financial crisis as he is told that he will not be able to work for several months. Being father to a son and with his partner being four months pregnant with their second child, Tait is going through a challenging time with the fact that he is not going to receive a sick pay as he only recently moved jobs. Expressing his dilemma, he said, “I have played cricket and football all my life as a junior, I have been hit with numerous injuries needing operations but this is the straw that broke the camel’s back and I now have to retire from both sports that I love.”

In honour of helping Tait pay his medical expenses, a crowdfunding page has been set up on JustGiving.com with the aim of raising £10,000 to help him cope through the long and enduring recovering. Among the contributors are England captain Joe Root and Sky Sports cricket commentator, and former cricketer David Lloyd, who are just a few of the hundreds of supporters to have raised an amount almost close to £4,500 in a little less than 24 hours.

The page that has been setup by Tait’s Lightcliffe club colleagues reads ‘Alex has played at Lightcliffe CC all his life and is a model club man. The cricket family is renowned for coming together to support each other and Alex is hopeful cricketers around the country will assist his current position and donate a small amount to allow him to continue living whilst he endures the coming months.’

Tait spoke to The Sun on his surgery and said that he will be going through the operation tomorrow at Bradford Royal Infirmary. He added that there may be some loss of vision in his right eye but he will not know till a few weeks after. On the campaign that has been started in his support, Tait said “I am truly touched by the response from friends, family and the cricket community.”