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Injured photographer delays Boxing Day Test play


An Agence France-Press photographer Christiaan Kotze became part of the story on Thursday when he was injured in front of the sight screen causing a delay to the start of the Boxing Day Test match between England and South Africa.

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Sam Curran picks up 4 wickets in the match. Photo: Getty Images

Kotze was shooting before starting the play when he walked in front of the sight screen but suddenly tumbled on the boundary rope and slipped on slippery pitch cover.

The photographer collapsed into the ground with excruciating pain. The diagnosis revealed severely spraining in the right knee ligaments. He was carried in a stretcher for treatment.

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The incident paused the match for a while when the proceeding started, South African opener Dean Elgar played a loose shot against James Anderson that caused him the wicket.

When Kotze was able to walk back to the press box, Republic TV caught him saying, “I hope I didn’t cause Dean Elgar to lose concentration.”

Kotze’s wife Catherine did the camera work while he was absent.

As of the match situation, English pacer James Anderson headlined by becoming the first ever pacer to appear in 150th Test match. He is the ninth cricketer overall in the history of cricket to play 150 longer version matches.

South Africa lost their track early losing four wickets before reaching hundred run marks. Wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock took the lead to steady things for the team. He barely missed a hundred when he was caught by Jos Buttler off Sam Curran scoring 95 runs.

Debutant Dwaine Pretorius (33) also added 87 runs for the sixth wicket to take the home team past the 200-run mark.

At stumps of day one, South Africa were restricted at the score of 277 runs losing 9 wickets in their first innings. Zubyar Hamza added 39 runs.

For England, Sam Curran grabbed 4 wickets while Stuart Broad claimed 3. Anderson took one wicket so far in his milestone match.

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