Cape Town - High-profile international television anchor and
journalist Piers Morgan has seemingly had enough of facing premier pace bowlers
in the nets.
VIDEO: OUCH! Brett Lee v Piers Morgan
Only weeks after taking a terrible six-ball pounding from
Australian speedster Brett Lee while the Ashes series was on the go in
Melbourne, the 48-year-old Morgan, who replaced retired legend Larry King on
CNN and is a British-born former editor of London tabloids, seems lukewarm
about the prospect of now trying to survive an over from Proteas spearhead Dale
Using Twitter (@piersmorgan), he told his almost four
million followers: “The heart says yes, the ribs say no.”
The challenge had earlier been issued by Steyn’s former SA
and Titans team-mate Paul Harris (@paulharris12), who said to Morgan: “Would you
come to SA to face @DaleSteyn62?”
The “Phalaborwa Express” seemed keen himself, weighing in
with: “Let’s make this happen, Piers, Newlands is a gr8 place to come watch
some cricket too, in handicap zone ... hehe.”
In trademark bullish fashion, Morgan did find the lustre to
retort: “You don’t want to get me on the rebound from Brett Lee ... never take
on a wounded animal.”
Lee had suggested in December that Morgan try his hand at
facing searing pace after the sport-loving TV personality, who is an ardent
Arsenal fan and unashamed admirer of England’s South African-born cricketer
Kevin Pietersen, questioned his national team’s fortitude during the Ashes
series which the Aussies won 5-0.
Lee controversially showed no mercy during the televised
stunt, hitting Morgan four times on the body and even bowling bouncers that
followed him as he stepped away to leg during the onslaught.
He was later criticised by New Zealand legend Sir Richard
Hadlee, who described the blond paceman’s “brutal assault” as “extremely
dangerous and unnecessary”.
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