Fresh from their thrilling 31-run win over India in the first Test at Edgbaston, James Anderson and his England new-ball partner Stuart Broad took to golf over the weekend.
Unfortunately for Anderson, the pacer was at the receiving end of a big whack to the face while attempting a swing. England’s all-time leading wicket-taker saw his attempted shot cannon off a tree root before striking him hard on the face.
His team-mate Broad was on hand to record the happenings on a video which he later posted on his Twitter account.
While Broad couldn’t control his laughter in the moment, England and Anderson will breathe a major sigh of relief with no serious damage being done to the 36-year-old.
Nope 😂🤕— James Anderson (@jimmy9) August 5, 2018
Getting a golf ball strike to your face at that velocity is never a pretty sight for anyone but it has not deterred Anderson off the game judging by his reply to the video posted on Twitter. The fast bowler was given plenty of stick by his mates on social media with England’s famous Barmy Army also joining in on the fun.
The England pacer should thankfully be able to resume the highly touted battle with India’s Virat Kohli at Lord’s when the second Test gets underway on August 9.
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After the thrilling win in what was England’s 1,000th Test match, the attention will now shift to Lord’s which is due to host the second match of the series starting August 9
Virat Kohli and his men will take comfort from the fact that they vanquished the hosts at the same venue in their only win from the 2014 tour. They will also be boosted by the fact that subcontinent sides have been faring well at the ‘home of cricket’ in recent years.
Here, we look at the outcomes of the last four Tests played by a subcontinent team at Lord’s.
ENGLAND V SRI LANKA, JUNE 2014
In the first Test between the two sides in 2014, Sri Lanka managed to cling on for a thrilling draw at Lord’s. After England had piled up a mammoth 575-9 in the first innings, the visitors rode on tons from Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews to put up 475 in their first innings reply.
Mathews and his men were then set an improbable target of 399 to get and they managed to hang on for a dramatic draw. With Sri Lanka nine wickets down on the final day, England erupted in jubilation after Stuart Broad trapped Nuwan Pradeep on the pads and saw the umpire raise his dreaded finger on the penultimate ball of the match. The Sri Lankan tail-ender signalled for a review and was then given not out after replays found a thick inside edge. He would then edge the final delivery past second slip for four as Sri Lanka escaped by a whisker.
ENGLAND V INDIA, JULY 2014
RESULT: INDIA WON BY 95 RUNS
A month later from Sri Lanka’s dramatic draw at Lord’s, India came calling at Lord’s and completed only their second victory at the venue in more than 82 years.
A masterful century from Ajinkya Rahane helped India post 295 runs in their first innings to which England replied with 319 runs. A fine 95 from Murali Vijay and valuable lower-order half-centuries from Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar helped India set the hosts a target of 329 runs in the final innings.
Then, it was time for the Ishant Sharma show with the pacer bagging his career-best figures of 7-74 to bundle England out for 223 runs in the second innings to script India’s first overseas Test victory in more than three years.
ENGLAND V PAKISTAN, JULY 2016
RESULT: PAKISTAN WON BY 75 RUNS
Pakistan kicked off their 2016 tour of England with a 75-run win in the first Test at Lord’s. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq’s 114 helped the visitors post 339 runs in the first innings before leg-spinner Yasir Shah’s six-wicket haul saw England bowled out for 272 runs in their reply.
Chris Woakes’ 5-32 then saw Misbah’s men bundled out for 215 runs in their second innings with England being set a target of 283 runs in their final innings.
Yasir Shah would then work his magic again with the ball with his four-wicket haul consigning England to a 75-run defeat. The visitors would then go on to tie the five-match series ultimately at 2-2.
ENGLAND V PAKISTAN, MAY 2018
RESULT: PAKISTAN WON BY NINE WICKETS
Pakistan made it two consecutive wins at Lord’s when Sarfraz Ahmed’s men came calling in their most recent tour of 2018. Fresh from a win against Ireland in their maiden Test match, the visitors’ bowling attack was on song as they bowled England out for just 184 runs in the first innings. Pacers Mohammad Abbas and Hasan Ali were the stars with the ball with four wickets apiece.
Half-centuries from Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam and Shadab Khan saw Pakistan take a giant 179-run lead in the first innings. That proved to be a tall-order for Joe Root’s men who could only manage to set a target of 63 runs for Pakistan to win in the second innings.
That target would prove to be a walk across the park for the visitors who would grab the early lead in the two-match series before succumbing to defeat at Headingley.