Sunday was not the best of days for batsman Alex Hales. He took a cricket ball to the ‘Crotchal Region’ on back-to-back throws.

The 32-year-old cricketer and the Trent Rockets were battling the Oval Invincibles in the sport of Cricket.

He was facing 6’7” bowler (would be called a ‘Pitcher’ in Baseball) Reece Topley. He is considered to throw Medium-Fast which – in cricket -- is around 60-80 MPH.

Topley was bowling (we’d call it ‘pitching’ in baseball) to Hales and threw the first ball directly at him. Hales swung through the pitch and essentially fouled it off of himself.

As he grabbed his fragile area and toppled to the ground, the TV announcer had a great call, saying:

“That has nailed him in the gooly wooly woolies.”

After taking a few moments to regain his composure, Hales ricocheted the very next pitch off the bat directly into his bits and pieces...again. Had that been me, I would have called for a replacement to take my spot and I'd be carried off the field on a stretcher.

All the players seemed to have a good laugh at the player’s expense. Even the umpire tried to hide his smirk.

Hales hopped on social media on Monday morning to let everyone know that he was doing alright:

By the way, a cricket ball is slightly heavier than a baseball and the bowler (pitcher) stands a bit closer than a Major League Baseball pitcher does to its batter. A baseball pitcher’s mound is 60’ 6” from Homeplate whereas the distance between the bowler and batsman is 58 feet.

Perhaps it's time for the sport of cricket to make their batsman wear protective cups.

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