Syd Lawrence’s horrific knee injury (Wellington)

New Zealand needed to score 233 in 32 overs to win the 3rd Test on Day 5. Skipper Graham Gooch handed the new ball to the hostile paceman David "Syd" Lawrence.

Lawrence charged up to the wickets, and as he released the ball, the spectators were horrified to hear two sounds: a spine-chilling crack somewhat like the shot of a pistol and an agonising scream.

As Lawrence was being stretchered off the Basin Reserve by 8 men, Mickey Stewart, Ian Botham and Jack Russell were involved in an ugly altercation with a NZ cameraman.

Sadly, the Test - Lawrence's fifth - was also his last for England.

Feb 1992.


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