10:30am Thursday 16th August 2012
FORMER England fast bowler Alex Tudor told children in Hereford to keep their eyes on the ball.
The ex-Surrey and Essex player took part in batting and fielding drills, signed bats and shirts, and also answered questions from the children on his maiden visit to Hereford.
“Brett Lee once hit me in the eye when I ducked a ball I should have played,” Tudor told children at the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy in Wyeside.
“I was in hospital for a night and the nice nurse put it on the television and it was on the news every hour,” he said.
“My eye is OK now that’s why the most important thing is to watch the ball at all times when you’re batting.
“When the bowler is at the end of his run make sure you just focus on the ball and not the bowler.
“It’s when you take your eye off the ball that you get hit.”
Tudor played 10 Tests for England and once made 99 not out against New Zealand after coming in as a night-watchman.He also made three one-day international appearances but his career was affected by a host of bad injuries.
“It’s great to be in Hereford,” said Tudor.
“It’s a beautiful place – and it’s great to see the kids with big smiles on their faces.
“Hopefully, we can encourage more kids to get involved in sport.”
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