Wife tells of Sri Lankan coach's terror
Sri Lanka's Australian coach Trevor Bayliss phoned home from the team's bus moments after three bullets shattered a window next to him, his wife said in Sydney today. Bayliss assured her he was shaken but not injured, his wife, Julie, said.Updated: Mar 03, 2009 15:49 IST
Sri Lanka's Australian coach Trevor Bayliss phoned home from the team's bus moments after three bullets shattered a window next to him, his wife said in Sydney Tuesday.
Bayliss assured her he was shaken but not injured, his wife, Julie, said.
"He is fine but he did have three bullet holes in the window next to him so it was not his time... thank goodness!" Julie Bayliss told Australian Associated Press after receiving the call from her husband just minutes after gunmen's attack in the Pakistani city of Lahore.
Seven players in the Sri Lankan cricket team plus an assistant coach were hurt in the attack, team officials said, with eight police and bystanders killed.
"He was pretty shaken," she said. "There were only seven or eight of them that got away with no wounds at all.
"There was a fair bit of shrapnel around but he is fine.
"You try not to think about these things and then they happen."
Bayliss said the father of two had told her a few details about his terrifying experience.
"There were a couple of bomb blasts before they actually shot the tyres out on the bus and that is when all the players and everyone in the bus hit the floor," she said.
"Then there was the gunfire through the bus, through the windows and the side of the bus."
Australian umpires, Steve Davis and Simon Taufel, were also in the convoy headed to the ground for the the third day of the second Test against Pakistan, but were understood to have not suffered any injuries in the attacks.