Alex Carey has revived memories of Rick McCosker in the Centenary Test by batting through a jaw injury in Australia's World Cup semi-final against England.
Carey was struck on the helmet on just the fifth ball he faced at Edgbaston on Thursday, copping the full force of a 139km/h bouncer from England quick Jofra Archer.
Play was stopped for several minutes as he required treatment, before team medical staff have twice returned to the field to assist the vice-captain.
With Australia in early trouble at 3-14, Carey continued his innings with bushranger-style taping around his head.
The left-hander is also continuing to sport a blood-stained shirt as a result of the blow.
Incredibly, he managed to safeguard his wicket after being hit when he caught his helmet after it flew off his head and possibly headed for the stumps.
Carey's bandaging is reminiscent of what McCosker wore in the 1977 Centenary Test, who returned to the field with a broken jaw at the MCG to help set up Australia's victory over England.
Australian fans didn’t have much to cheer about after their side’s torrid start to the match, but Carey’s fighting spirit was cause for celebration for many.
Unfortunately, Carey was caught on the boundary for 46 off the bowling of Adil Rashid.
Making matters worse was Marcus Stoinis going for a second-ball duck shortly after.
Head all taped up— Trent Ball (@RealTrentBall) July 11, 2019
Blood on his shirt
Love it from Carey #AUSvENG
Seeing Alex Carey with that bandage reminds me of @anilkumble1074 ... This is what playing for your country is all about...— Digvijay Singh Deo (@DiggySinghDeo) July 11, 2019
just admire alex carey fighting spirit for aussies after a devastating blow— Umar (@YyoungDesi3) July 11, 2019
Alex Carey turning into Rick McCosker— John Etheridge (@JohnSunCricket) July 11, 2019
Alex carey even after stuck by that deadly bouncer managed to hold the helmet..just to make sure it won't roll on to stumps.. awareness level 🙏 this is why they are no1 team in ICC events #ENGvAUS— pinky (@Duchess_Of_Swag) July 11, 2019
Smith and Warner in ugly scenes in World Cup semi
The English crowd has wasted no time in giving it to Steve Smith and David Warner during Australia’s World Cup semi-final against the host nation.
Smith and Warner, who have attracted boos throughout the tournament for their involvement in the ‘Sandpaper-gate’ scandal last year, came together in just the second over of the first innings.
Australian captain Aaron Finch spent Australia’s only review on an LBW decision that pitched outside the line, but came back to hit the bails of middle stump.
Warner and Smith’s partnership didn’t last much longer, with Warner caught behind off the bowling of Chris Woakes in the third over.
Unsurprisingly, Warner was booed once again as he made his way back to the pavilion for just nine runs.