Staff, 2022-12-28 10:01:30,
Fox Spidercam operator is stood down after the camera smashed into South Africa star Anrich Nortje at the MCG…as Proteas quick reveals tourists were concerned it was endangering players safety even before the incident
The spidercam operator responsible for the collision between the camera and Anrich Nortje at the MCG has been stood down for the remainder of the Boxing Day Test.
The South African quick was sent crashing to the turf during the second day of play in Melbourne, when the mobile camera hit him shortly after lunch as he walked towards the boundary.
The 29-year-old escaped any serious injuries and was able to continue bowling after being hit and on the left shoulder and elbow.
Antje Nortje was knocked to the ground after the Spidercam hit him in the back on day two
But while the Spidercam was back in action on day three, its operator was reportedly stood down, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Nortje was hit as the camera, which weighs approximately 8kg and zipped to a complex wires system, did a low sweep from a height of about two metres.
An agreement in place between the ICC, Fox Sports and Cricket Australia stipulates Spidercam is not permitted to travel any lower than 3.5metres from the ground.
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