It was a great fighting spirit shown by Liam Livingstone as he walked out in the middle to save a county first-class match for his side Lancashire. He had broken his thumb on the opening day of the 4-day match. The crowd in the background cheered Livinsgtone. It was indeed a moment of respect on a cricket field. The skipper of Lancashire wore a shin guard which is used by a close infielder in a Test match. He covered it on his entire hand.
The other normal protective gears were also there. However, English Test skipper Joe Root castled James Anderson to end the match. Hence Livingstone didn’t face a single delivery. Meanwhile, it must be noted that this is not the first time that a player has fought his injury in an attempt to save or win a Test match for his country.
Some of the other instances
Going way to 1963, it was Englishman Colin Cowdrey who came out to bat plastering his arm. The match was against the Windies at Lord’s in 1963. He was hit by a Wes Hal delivery which had broken his arm earlier in the innings. His bravery eventually helped England secure a draw. Malcolm Marshall had also broken his thumb back in a Test match in 1984.
Windies had secured a lead and Larry Gomes was within touching distance of a century. The sensational fast bowler batted with one arm to help his teammate reach a coveted milestone. It showed what sort of dedication Marshall had as a player. Not only that Marshall returned to bowl quite magnificently and returned with figures of 7/53.
Back in 2002, it was former Indian skipper Anil Kumble who bowled with a broken jaw. It was a sharply rising delivery from Mervyn Dilon which had broken his jaw. However, he came on to bowl and bagged the prized of Brian Lara.