Karl Stefanovic writhes in pain after being hit in the groin by a cricket ball

He previously spoke of his plans to spend the Christmas holidays lazing by the ocean in Noosa. 

But Karl Stefanovic, 46, looked far from relaxed as he writhed in pain on the sand after being struck in the groin by a cricket ball earlier this month. 

The Today was playing a friendly game of cricket with his family at the beach in Noosa when thing took a rather painful turn. 

Below the belt: Karl Stefanovic, 46, writhed in pain after being hit in the groin by a cricket ball during a family beach outing in Noosa earlier this month

Below the belt: Karl Stefanovic, 46, writhed in pain after being hit in the groin by a cricket ball during a family beach outing in Noosa earlier this month 

Suddenly, Karl was struck squarely below the belt by a rogue ball, causing him to fall to the ground in agony. 

Crying out and clutching his undercarriage with both hands, the father-of-four was seen languishing on the sand for some time as he recovered from the impact. 

At one stage, a flushed-looking Karl lay on his back and stared into the heavens, perhaps contemplating how his fairytale getaway had turned into a nightmare so quickly. 

Man down! Suddenly, Karl was struck squarely below the belt by a rogue ball, causing him to fall to the ground in agony

Man down! Suddenly, Karl was struck squarely below the belt by a rogue ball, causing him to fall to the ground in agony 

That's gotta hurt: Crying out and clutching his undercarriage with both hands, the father-of-four was seen languishing on the sand for some time as he recovered from the impact

That’s gotta hurt: Crying out and clutching his undercarriage with both hands, the father-of-four was seen languishing on the sand for some time as he recovered from the impact

Why me? At one stage, a flushed-looking Karl lay on his back and stared into the heavens, perhaps contemplating how his fairytale getaway had turned into a nightmare so quickly

Why me? At one stage, a flushed-looking Karl lay on his back and stared into the heavens, perhaps contemplating how his fairytale getaway had turned into a nightmare so quickly

Just breathe: Karl took some time to compose himself after the excruciating ordeal

Just breathe: Karl took some time to compose himself after the excruciating ordeal   

Karl was dressed in holiday attire, sporting an unbuttoned long-sleeved shirt in blue, and a pair of rainbow-print board shorts. 

He completed his look with a large silver wrist watch, beaded bracelets and a small pendant necklace. 

After recovering from his bowling mishap, Karl composed himself and tried his luck at batting.  

Festive: Karl was dressed in holiday attire, sporting an unbuttoned long-sleeved shirt in blue, and a pair of rainbow-print board shorts

Festive: Karl was dressed in holiday attire, sporting an unbuttoned long-sleeved shirt in blue, and a pair of rainbow-print board shorts

At least his outfit was relaxed: He completed his look with a large silver wrist watch, beaded bracelets and a small pendant necklace

At least his outfit was relaxed: He completed his look with a large silver wrist watch, beaded bracelets and a small pendant necklace 

Famous last words: Karl  previously spoke of his plans to spend the Christmas holidays lazing by the ocean in Noosa

Famous last words: Karl  previously spoke of his plans to spend the Christmas holidays lazing by the ocean in Noosa

That's the spirit! Karl wore a cheeky smirk as he finally stood up from the ground

Oh well! The incident didn't appear to phase Karl too much

That’s the spirit! Karl wore a cheeky smirk as he finally stood up from the ground 

Removing his shirt for the occasion, Karl was seen clutching a waterproof cricket bat as he stood ankle-deep in the shallows. 

As the day came to an end, Karl was seen cuddling up on the sand with his wife Jasmine Yarbrough, 34, and their newborn daughter Harper.

Karl sweetly placed a kiss on Jasmine’s cheek as the shoe designer cradled Harper in her arms.   

That's batter! After recovering from his bowling mishap, Karl composed himself and tried his luck at batting

That’s batter! After recovering from his bowling mishap, Karl composed himself and tried his luck at batting

Batter up! Removing his shirt for the occasion, Karl was seen clutching a waterproof cricket bat as he stood ankle-deep in the shallows

Batter up! Removing his shirt for the occasion, Karl was seen clutching a waterproof cricket bat as he stood ankle-deep in the shallows

Batter up! Removing his shirt for the occasion, Karl was seen clutching a waterproof cricket bat as he stood ankle-deep in the shallows 

Wet 'n' wild! Karl looked like he was having a whale of a time despite the injury

Wet ‘n’ wild! Karl looked like he was having a whale of a time despite the injury

Who's the culprit? It's unclear who bowled the ball that left Karl in a fit of agony

Who’s the culprit? It’s unclear who bowled the ball that left Karl in a fit of agony 

According to Woman’s Day, Jasmine is keen to have another child with Karl, who also has three older children from his first marriage to Cassandra Thorburn.

An insider told the magazine Jasmine has been ‘desperate to get pregnant again’ ever since welcoming Harper.

‘She’s always wanted to have a brood and to give little Harper a playmate, and she wanted to do it as quickly as she could,’ the source said.

Sweet moment: As the day came to an end, Karl was seen cuddling up on the sand with his wife Jasmine Yarbrough, 34, and their newborn daughter Harper

Adorable: Karl sweetly placed a kiss on Jasmine's cheek as the shoe designer cradled Harper in her arms

Sweet moment: As the day came to an end, Karl was seen cuddling up on the sand with his wife Jasmine Yarbrough, 34, and their newborn daughter Harper

Baby number two? According to Woman's Day , Jasmine is keen to have another child with Karl, who also has three older children from his first marriage to Cassandra Thorburn

Baby number two? According to Woman’s Day , Jasmine is keen to have another child with Karl, who also has three older children from his first marriage to Cassandra Thorburn

Clucky? An insider told the magazine Jasmine has been 'desperate to get pregnant again' ever since welcoming Harper

Clucky? An insider told the magazine Jasmine has been ‘desperate to get pregnant again’ ever since welcoming Harper

Claims: 'She's always wanted to have a brood and to give little Harper a playmate, and she wanted to do it as quickly as she could,' the source said

Claims: ‘She’s always wanted to have a brood and to give little Harper a playmate, and she wanted to do it as quickly as she could,’ the source said

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