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Fox Sports, Cricket Australia's host-television broadcaster, has apologized to Anrich Nortje and the South African team after the fast bowler was knocked down while fielding on the second day of the ongoing second Test at the MCG.
Despite being hit on the left shoulder and elbow, Nortje confirmed after the game that he was fine. After being hit, he was able to bowl at a high pace. He was in the outfield shortly after lunch when he was knocked to the ground by a mobile camera zipping by at head height.
CA confirmed that Fox Sports had admitted it was an error by the operator. The camera was not in use for the rest of the day but CA confirmed that spidercam would be in operation on day three with some extra safety measures in place to ensure such an incident doesn't happen again.
"I didn't know what hit me, to be honest. So far so good. It just knocked the [left] shoulder and the [left] elbow. The elbow is a bit sore but otherwise seems to be okay. I'll just monitor it and see how it goes with the [doctor]. I saw cables and then I turned around or moved my head and then I saw the camera, but I was a little bit too late. It was quite quick. It didn't really change my mindset or anything. I tried to stay focused,” Nortje said.
"I think the one thing we've spoken about earlier is how low it is and it probably shouldn't be unless [it needs to be] for certain interviews or something. But I don't think it should be travelling head height. That's just my opinion. And then for Marco [Jansen] as well, they must take him into consideration [for his height]" he said.
The mishap overshadowed what had been a courageous and fearsome bowling performance from Nortje, who rated his day two spell up there with the best he has bowled.