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Close shave for Gareth Batty

Galle: England spinner Gareth Batty went into Tuesday’s first Test against Sri Lanka after being rescued from the sea outside the team hotel a day earlier.

Batty had been body-surfing with captain Michael Vaughan and Matthew Hoggard on Monday afternoon when all three were caught by a rip tide that washed them away from the coast. The well-built Hoggard managed to swim ashore, while Vaughan scrambled onto some rocks and alerted lifeguards as Batty struggled to escape the strong currents.

“There was a point when I feared the worst,” said the 26-year-old, clearly shaken. “The rocks I was getting washed up against were hellish sharp. Vaughany could tell I was struggling and he was getting pretty animated on the rocks.” (AFP)

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