Batsman s brilliant gesture for struck bowler
Batsman's brilliant gesture for struck bowler

Accidents can happen but that doesn't mean Birmingham batsman Sam Hain was going to let Nottinghamshire's Luke Fletcher move on.

Fletcher was struck on the top of the head by a straight drive by Hain during their T20 Blast clash over the weekend.

The bowler somehow walked off the field with just a towel over his head before going to hospital for observation.

He has since revealed Hain got in touch with him, as did numerous other opposition players.

"He messaged me yesterday," Fletcher told the BBC.

"Quite a few of the Warwickshire lads got in touch and he was one of them. I told him that it can't really be helped.

"He said next time he is at Trent Bridge we will go to the pub and have a beer together."

The 28-year-old has left hospital but a return date will not be known for some time.

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Remarkably, Fletcher said he has not yet had any headaches and believes he is fortunate he was hit on the top of the head.

"It is frightening. I didn't realise how lucky I was until I watched it back," he said.

"I didn't see the ball at all and I just realised when it hit me and I thought, 'I could be in a bit of bother here'.

"When I first went to the hospital the doctor said, 'there's a chance you could miss the rest of the season.'

"I feel quite lucky that nothing worse has happened. I have not even had a headache yet, although I might get one a bit further down the line. I don't think I'll be able to play for a while though because of concussion protocol.

"They said that if that had hit me in the temple or side of the head, anything could've happened."

Fletcher confirmed Nottinghamshire bowlers have previously aired concerns about being hit, especially in the nets.

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