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Cricket commentator Mark Nicholas 'in good spirits' after being rushed to hospital

The Guardian logo The Guardian 26/12/2016 Christopher Knaus

Mark Nicholas: The commentator Mark Nicholas was taken to hospital after becoming ill during the first day of Australia’s Boxing Day Test match against Pakistan in Melbourne. © Andrew Fosker / Rex Features The commentator Mark Nicholas was taken to hospital after becoming ill during the first day of Australia’s Boxing Day Test match against Pakistan in Melbourne. The cricket commentator Mark Nicholas is said to be recovering and in “good spirits” after being taken to hospital suffering abdominal pains during the Boxing Day Test match between Australia and Pakistan in Melbourne.

Nicholas, 59, was taken from the Melbourne Cricket Ground by paramedics shortly after the lunch break while working for Channel Nine’s commentary team. He was not on air at the time.

A Channel Nine spokeswoman said Nicholas had been experiencing abdominal pains.

“During a break today, Mark Nicholas had some abdominal pains,” she said. “He has gone to hospital for appropriate checks.”

A fellow commentator, Michael Slater, confirmed the news during the tea break without adding further details of Nicholas’s condition.

“Normally Mark Nicholas would be sitting here at this time of the day,” Slater said. “Just to let you know, he’s fallen ill with abdominal pains and he’s been taken to hospital for testing. I’m aware it is out there online, so we will keep you up-to-date with the latest news when we receive it. So we wish him well.”

The Channel Nine spokeswoman issued an update about 6.30pm, saying Nicholas was recovering well. No further details were provided.

“Mark is doing much better this evening and is in good spirits,” she said. “He wants to thank the MCG staff for all of their help, and the Channel Nine viewers and cricket community for their good wishes.”

News Corp reported that Nicholas had been sweating profusely and visibly struggling, and was taken from Channel Nine’s broadcasting box on a stretcher.

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