“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” This saying fits perfectly on Lancashire captain Liam Livingstone who despite breaking his thumb earlier in the four-day match against Yorkshire at Old Trafford, on Tuesday strode to the crease in an effort to save the game for his side.

Livingstone was seen wearing a fielding shin guard over his entire hand along with all the normal protective gear when he entered the field. However, he could not face a ball as Joe Root bowled James Anderson out and Yorkshire won the game.


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 Livingstone was in the middle for perhaps two minutes, the time it took for Anderson to face three of Joe Root’s offspinners before being bowled when aiming a terrific swipe across the line of the fourth delivery.

Yorkshire, who won the toss opted to bat, had put on 192 in their first inning. Lancashire, on the other hand, folded for a paltry 109. Second-time round Yorkshire scored 239 and that put them in a commanding position. In the fourth innings, chasing 323 to win, Lancashire batters disappointed again they collapsed for 204 runs.


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It was not for the first time in game’s history that a cricketer has disregarded a debilitating injury in an effort to help his side. In 1963, England’s Colin Cowdrey walked out to bat with his arm in plaster against the West Indies at Lord’s after a Wes Hall delivery had broken it earlier in the innings. Cowdrey’s efforts didn’t go in vain as they earned England a draw.

In another such incident in 1984, West Indies great Malcolm Marshall broke his thumb on the first morning of the Headingley Test to put him out of bowling action. But with West Indies building a lead and Larry Gomes in sight of a century, the fast bowler batted with one hand to help his team-mate reach his milestone. Not only that, once out, Marshall proceeded to open the bowling and take 7/53 to set up an emphatic victory despite his injury.


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In 2002, legendary Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble batted on having had his jaw broken by Merv Dillon in Antigua. The next day he bowled 14 overs with a bandaged face, taking the wicket of Brian Lara.


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And most recently, former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith was seen coming out to save a Test match with an injured thumb against Australia in 2009.