England cricket November 24, 2009

Pietersen feels the pain

Today's photo was taken during the first ODI of the 2006-07 Australian summer between Australia and England. The position I was in helps for this photo
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Hi everyone, thanks again for all your feedback.

Today's photo was taken during the first ODI of the 2006-07 Australian summer between Australia and England.

Kevin Pietersen was batting in his usual aggressive way, making runs at a good rate. Glenn McGrath was bowling and Pietersen had been walking down the wicket to a number of deliveries, hitting through midwicket.

On this particular delivery, Pietersen again attempted to walk down the pitch and pull a shorter ball. He mistimed his effort and was struck a painful blow in the midriff. The result was cracked ribs and while he managed to bat on until being dismissed a few overs later, it was the end of his tour.

This photo was taken from a different angle from the last couple of photos I have posted. As I mentioned previously, the very fine leg or the straight long-off position is the usual position to shoot cricket from, but it isn't compulsory.

Depending on the state of play, particularly if the batsmen are dominating, it can be good to move to a different position to get a new angle. Batting photos often look better when taken from a position more square of the wicket.

For this photo I was working from deep midwicket. It is a position I often like to work from during ODIs. Due to the nature of limited-overs games, with the batting team often dominating, it can work well. If the bowling team does well, the angle can still work or I can move to a straighter position if needed. Also, working for Getty Images, we often have one or two other photographers at a match, as we did at this one, so it is necessary to find a few different angles for us all to work from.

The position I was in helps for this photo. Pietersen was attempting to play the ball in my direction, so after he was struck, his momentum turned his body to face me. The pain on his face as the ball bounces out tells the story. It is never nice to see someone being hurt, but as the injury meant the end of Pietersen's tour, it was the photo that told the story of the day.

Hamish Blair is a Melbourne-based photographer for Getty Images

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  • fanedlive on April 24, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Someone has just told Pietersen that New Zealand pay their players more than England does.

  • fanedlive on April 23, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    This truly amazing photo. Tells the entire story. The culprit (The Ball) is also pretty much in focus. The expression on KP's face, his cocked body due the impact is also amazing. Would love to know what setting were used for this one. Also a small request. Like you have posted Sachin's picture in one of your previous posts, would love to see Lara's image with his high back lift, with the ball in focus ready to unleash a masterful cover drive.

  • fanedlive on February 3, 2010, 2:38 GMT

    Saw this on tele which portrayed little of the drama and none of the physical anquish. The not quite head on angle really works a treat. Well thought out, well executed, well done Hamish.

  • fanedlive on December 17, 2009, 19:30 GMT

    owwuch .. perfect pic

  • fanedlive on December 6, 2009, 6:54 GMT

    Awesome pic hamish! pain well captured! i remember watching it live

  • fanedlive on November 30, 2009, 19:20 GMT

    Hi Hamish. Love your work. Whenever i go to a cricket match i love taking photos. One thing i would like to know is, how do you calculate the depth of field required to take a shot as this? Also, what F stop value do you usually use? Thanks

  • fanedlive on November 28, 2009, 16:01 GMT

    Dude, u r super talented!

  • fanedlive on November 27, 2009, 12:23 GMT

    Really makes me grimace after seeing that. OUCHH! I would love to see the sheperd one if you have it.

  • fanedlive on November 26, 2009, 12:45 GMT

    nice work hamish sir.......but why don't you put just 100% resolution pictures here.....like sachin's, this one is also zoomed....rest is FANTASTIC....

  • fanedlive on November 25, 2009, 19:50 GMT

    you never mess with pidge ma(i)te...

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