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West Indies legend Brian Lara forced to duck for cover ahead of Hertfordshire showdown

Brian Lara ducks for cover. Photo: ITV News Anglia

West Indies legend Brian Lara will be the star attraction when Hertfordshire take on the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at Lord's this weekend.

The former Windies skipper, who's world record innings of 501 runs still stands, has agreed to take part in a special match to the mark the ground's bicentenary.

Brian Lara is one of the best batsman to have ever played the game. Credit: PA

It's exactly 200 years since Hertfordshire and the MCC played the first ever game at Lord's, and the match will be commemorated on Sunday.

However, Lara's participation could have been thrown into doubt thanks to a big hit from a batsman during a press day promoting the event.

The 45-year-old had to duck for cover midway through an interview with ITV News Anglia's Donovan Blake when a batsman sent the ball hurtling towards one the greatest players to have ever played the game.

Luckily for Lara (and for the batsman involved), the ball missed him by inches, although you get the feeling that Hertfordshire's bowlers won't be quite so happy about the close shave!

Click below to watch the moment that Lara had to take cover

Donovan and Lara did manage to discuss some cricket ahead of the big day, and the West Indian explained what he's been up since his retirement.

Click below to hear the full interview with Brian Lara