Cricket fans were left seriously confused after an image surfaced of Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood where he appears to only have four fingers.
The image was captured by Getty Images photographer Matt King and it seems to show that one of Hazlewood's fingers has in fact been amputated.
The photo was taken during the third Test against Pakistan in Sydney last week. Hazlewood can be seen appealing a wicket in the perfectly timed shot.
King didn't notice the four-finger-faux-pas when he took the photo. It was brought to his attention by the Australian Cricket Team's Facebook, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
"I went back to the original file and checked it and yeah, the finger was missing. I couldn't work [out] it where it had gone," King said to Cricket.com.au.
When the photo was shared on the Australian Cricket Team's Facebook page, fans were shocked. Had they never noticed his missing finger before?
What actually happened is that Hazlewood's ring and pinky fingers lined up perfectly when the photo was taken. This made it appear like he was missing a finger.
"But absolutely no Photoshop was involved, we do not do that," the photographer said. It appears it was just a case of a perfectly timed photo and some VERY observant fans.
"He kind of rolls his hand as he moves and slowly the ring finger is obscured. It was just by chance that I chose that one frame where the finger is entirely obscured to publish," he also explained to the website. Case closed.
According to cricket.com.au, Hazlewood reached a career peak after he moved up the ICC rankings to the highest-ranked fast bowler in the world on Sunday.
He claimed an impressive seven wickets in the Test against Pakistan in Sydney and it can now be confirmed, he did it with all five fingers.
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