Rick McCosker comes out to bat with a broken jaw — against all expectations

Rick McCosker hooked a Bob Willis bouncer on the first morning of the 1977 Centenary Test in Melbourne. He was a bit early in his shot and the ball smashed into his jaw and hit the stumps. McCosker suffered a broke jaw.

“I didn’t feel anything; I just heard this big awful noise inside my head. Everything just went numb. There was blood everywhere. I walked off by myself. Didn’t fall or anything,” McCosker later said about the incident.

Australia were bowled out for 138. Dennis Lillee and Max Walker then hit back by bowling out England for 95. When the second new ball in the second innings was about to be claimed, McCosker wanted to walk out — only to be stopped by Lillee, who played out the new ball.