London:Cricketers Kevin Pietersen and Jacques Rudolf were both involved in bizarre accidents on Monday.
A schoolboy cricketer needed stitches in his head after being hit by a speeding ball struck by Pietersen, while Rudolf, fielding for Lancashire in a match against Yorkshire, retrieved the lifeless bird from the pitch and disposed of it over the boundary.
According to The Telegraph, Reece Topley was one of eight young bowlers selected from all over the country for a day of training with stars under the supervision of England fielding coach Kevin Shine.
Reece Topley, 15, needed hospital treatment after being hit while bowling to Pietersen who was visiting Loughborough University.
The teenager needed stitches to his ear.
"Despite suffering the injury I thoroughly enjoyed the experience," said Reece whose father is former Essex cricketer Don Topley.
Peietersen has promised Reece a new cricket bat to make up for the injury.
South African star Rudolph had launched the ball towards Yorkshire''s wicket keeper from just inside the boundary rope when he accidentally floored the bird that was flying at around 40 feet above ground.
After mistakenly sinking the unfortunate pigeon, fielder Rudolph retrieved the lifeless bird from the pitch and disposed of it over the boundary in front of spectators inside Yorkshire''s ground at Headingley, Leeds.
Rudolph then returned to his fielding position on the boundary, before waving sheepishly to the cheering home crowd.