James Anderson
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James Anderson was hit on the face by a golf ball while the English pacer was enjoying a golf session with teammate Stuart Broad on Sunday, August 6.

The 36-year-old pacer took a mighty swing at the golf ball at Stoke Park golf course in Buckinghamshire in a bid to clear an array of trees which were only a few meters away from him.

The ball hit the root of a tree and rebounded off it before hitting the pacer on his face.

As a tail-ender, Anderson has dodged quite a few bouncers with the bat in his hand, but on Sunday he had no time to react. The England fast bowler held his cheek and was seemingly in pain but Broad revealed with an Instagram post that his teammate was "perfectly fine".

A) @jimmya9 is perfectly fine. B) ?????????

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England's leading wicket-taker in Tests took to Twitter and confirmed he wasn't missing any teeth after the injury scare but insisted the accident will not put him off golf.

The two pacers had enjoyed the session of golf, a day after Joe Root's English side beat India by 31 runs in the first of the ongoing five-Test series in the Old Blighty.

England fans would have been relieved as an injury to Anderson would have deal a massive blow to the team's chances of extending their lead in the second Test, starting August 9.

Anderson picked up four wickets over two innings and troubled quite a few Indian batsmen, including captain Virat Kohli with his control and swing.

England will already be missing Ben Stokes for the Lord's Test as the all-rounder as the all-rounder is expected to appear at Bristol Crown Court today over charges of affray following a the much-talked-about street brawl outside a nightclub last September.

Stokes played a key role in helping the hosts win important moments in the first Test. He removed Kohli on 51 on the fourth day morning and swung the match in favour of his side.

Meanwhile, England have included Chris Woakes in the squad for the second Test and the Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder is likely to replace Stokes.

20-year-old Surrey batsman Ollie Pope has been handed a maiden Test call-up as England dropped Dawid Malan, who was below-par both with the bat and at the slips in Edgbaston.