Cricketers hit the deck as pitch is invaded by deadly swarm

Sun, sweat or streakers tend to be the usual occupational hazards for a professional cricketer.

But Australian and Indian players at the test faced a sticky wicket today when they were forced to abandon play temporarily and lie down to avoid a swarm of bees that flew across the pitch.

Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden of Australia lay on the ground along with the Indian players and umpire Billy Bowden as the insects took over the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on day three of the Third Test match.

The insects were just another hurdle for an Australian team already on the back foot after India posted a massive first innings total of 613 runs.

But this morning the tourists were fighting back, with the score at 269 for the loss of two wickets.

It’s not the first time bees have plagued international cricket.

England players were floored in Sri Lanka last year to avoid a swarm and, closer to home, Brian Lara hit the deck in Cardiff as the insects invaded a match between West Indies and Glamorgan in 2000.




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