Australia vs Pakistan 2016/17: Cricket Commentator Mark Nicholas Taken To Hospital During Boxing Day Test
Cricketer-turned-commentator Mark Nicholas had to be taken to the hospital whilst he was covering the Boxing Day Test between Australia and Pakistan at the MCG.
The former Hampshire skipper was accompanied out of the ground by paramedics shortly after the lunch break. He was not on air at the time when the mishap happened.
The news was confirmed by Michael Slater during the tea break. The former Australian cricketer wished Nicholas luck but did not give any update on his health.
According to News Corp, the Channel Nine commentator was sweating profusely and visibly struggling before being taken out of the commentary box on a stretcher.
A Channel Nine spokeswoman said the 59-year old, who covered his pre-games duties without any problem, had been experiencing abdominal pains.
“During a break on Monday, Mark Nicholas had some abdominal pains,” she said. “He has gone to hospital for appropriate checks.”
Meanwhile, Pakistan were batting on 142 for 4 in the 51st over before rain interrupted the match. Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to bat first. However, his decision was proved wrong as Nathan Lyon dismissed Sami Aslam (9) cheaply. Babar Azam (23), Younis Khan (21) and Misbah (11) could not score big either. But Azhar Ali was holding firm from the other end and was batting on 66 before the rain came. He was accompanied by first match centurion Asad Shafiq (4).
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