London: New Zealand cricketer Tim Southee recently hit a reporter accidentally with a cricket ball while practising on the Lord's cricket ground.

ESPN cricinfo reporter Melinda Farrell was blindsided while delivering a report with her back to the action, the BBC reported. Farrell, who was hit in the back, looked shocked but appeared unhurt as she turned around and gasped: "I'm fine!"

Tim SoutheeNew Zealand’s Tim Southee bowls on the first day of the first cricket Test match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London on Thursday. Pic/AFP 

Southee, 26, rushed over to apologise as Farrell continued to reassure him that she was fine.

Southee asserted that he thought it might have hit her in the head adding that he had been "mucking around".

The cricket reporter, on the other hand, said that she will wear the heavy bruise with pride and she will wear it as a badge of honour.

"I'm fine, I really am," she said. "I’ll wear it (the bruise) with pride, a badge of honour."

"You’re lucky its cold and you’ve got a jacket on," Southee was quoted as saying by Britain's tabloid Daily Mirror.

"That’s my first ever cricket injury," Farrell joked. "Its fine, seriously it didn’t even hurt."

"I saw you ducking and I thought 'oh no'. I thought it might have hit you in the head," Southee added

Farrell took to Twitter on Wednesday to assure her followers that she was fine following the incident.