James Anderson hit by ball — of a different sort
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They may call him Burnley Lara, but batting has hardly ever been James Anderson‘s greatest skill. To be fair, however, the phrase “retired hurt” does not appear next to his name in professional cricket at any level. Often batting at No. 11, he has always got out of the way of the deadliest bouncers from some of the fastest bowlers of his era. Getting to a thousand Test runs is not easy!

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Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of his reflexes on the golf course. He was out playing golf on the 27-hole Stoke Park Golf Course in Buckinghamshire when he met with an accident. He swung at the ball hard, but the white orb hit a tree and came back at an astonishing and hit him on the face.

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To make things worse, Anderson was playing against Stuart Broad, who was filming Anderson’s stroke. Almost immediately after the accident happened, Broad tweeted a video.

Of course, Broad assured fans that Anderson was “perfectly fine”. Anderson himself tweeted the same a couple of hours later.


While Anderson had never had to retire hurt, Broad, on the verge of 3,000 Test runs, has not been the same batsman since he was felled by Varun Aaron four years ago.