Nortje confirmed after the day’s game that he was fine, despite being hit in the left shoulder and elbow by the camera. Cricket Australia said Fox Sports, the official broadcaster, admitted it was operator error. And according to ESPNcricinfo, Fox Sports apologized to Nortje for the incident.
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“I didn’t know what hit me, to be honest. So far so good. It just hit the [left] the shoulder and the [left] elbow. The elbow is a little sore but otherwise fine. I’ll just monitor and see how it goes with the [doctor]”said Nortje quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
Nortje was in the outfield shortly after lunch when he was knocked to the ground by the speeding camera at head height. But the good news for South Africa is that he was able to bowl with ease after being hit.
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“I saw cables and then I turned around or moved my head and then I saw the camera, but I was a little too late. It was pretty quick. It didn’t really changed my mindset or whatever. I tried to stay focused. I think the only thing we talked about earlier is how low it is and it probably shouldn’t be unless that [it needs to be] for some interviews or something like that. But I don’t think it should travel at head height. It’s just my opinion. And then for Marco [Jansen] also, they must take it into consideration [for his height]“, added Nortje.
Coming to the game, David Warner’s double cent propelled Australia to 386/3 against the visitors, putting the hosts in control at the end of day two after beating the Proteas for 189 on day 1.
Warner had a disappointing end to his superb day as he retired injured after suffering a hamstring cramp during his two-hundred celebration. The southpaw fell in the hot weather conditions at the MCG after heaping misery on Protea bowlers as he broke records en route to his 200 shot not knocked out.
(With agency contributions)