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Cricket Player Loses Prosthetic Leg, Keeps Playing (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Liam Thomas, who plays on England Physical Disabilities cricket team, dived to stop a ball during a game against Pakistan in Dubai on Oct. 24 (video below).

Thomas lost his prosthetic leg, got up without his leg, hopped over to the ball and threw it to the wicket during the final game at the ICC Academy Dubai Invitational T20, notes the Daily Mirror.

Thomas then went back to get his artificial leg.

"It just happened, really," Thomas told CNN. "I was sprinting for the ball, put my hand out, hit the deck hard and the next thing I know I stood up and had no leg. I didn't know whether to grab the leg or get the ball in. I decided to go for the ball."

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Thomas believed the Middle Eastern heat expanded the leg's socket, which allowed the leg to fall out.

Thomas said his team appreciated his extra effort: "Having a disability, we all take the fun out of each other a little bit, we all have each others' backs, so we are all trying to give each other grief when something like that happens."

However, England lost by three wickets.

England's captain Iain Nairn told the Ecb.co.uk after the match:

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We got off to a good start and then let them back into the game with a few wickets in the middle overs. We had a reasonable finish and thought that 137 was competitive. It’s not easy batting on such a big pitch – there was a much lower boundary count today. Pakistan got off to a flyer. It got to the point where they only needed 50 but we kept tugging them back and made them work very hard for the win.

Thomas was undeterred, and encouraged others with disabilities to play sports.

"Don't be afraid, no matter what sport it is," Thomas told CNN. "Never in a million years would I have thought I would be touring Dubai, playing cricket, doing something I love. It's just not something you think a disabled person would do, but being involved in disabled sport allows you access to do stuff like that."

Sources: CNN, Daily Mirror / Photo credit: ABC News/YouTube

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