Advertisement AdvertisementEngland’s fast bowling spearhead James Anderson was left with a blow after the shot he attempted to play of a golf ball landed straight on his face.Out for some golfing with his fellow teammate Stuart Broad at the 27-hole Stoke Park golf course in Buckinghamshire, Anderson miscued a shot which then rebounded of the tree to land on his face.He then later tweeted stating that it was nothing serious and had not put him out of further action.A) @jimmy9 is perfectly fine.B) 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/oaf0Px3Wab— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) August 5, 2018Anderson who is famous for delivering such blows to the opposition batsmen landed up on the receiving end on this occasion.His team goes into the 2nd test vs India on Thursday with a 1-0 lead. Him along with his other pacers were instrumental in defending a total of 194 in the second innings.It will be interesting to see if Anderson claims his 550th wicket in the upcoming match.Also Read:England vs. India: 1st Test Review- Heartbreak for India as hosts edge ahead in Edgbaston thriller
Jasprit Bumrah has lauded fellow Team India pacers for helping each other grow and meet the demands required to play in international cricket.India’s pace bowling department — comprising of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav — is now a force to reckon with in Test cricket. In fact, India’s fast bowling unit is equipped with variety and depth.”It’s very good that we have a fast bowling unit. Everybody has good rapport with each other. All of us are always together discussing plans. And everybody is quick nowadays. No one is medium pace and everybody is able to clock 140’s. It’s a very good time for Indian cricket. We learn from each other. Everybody has a different quality and not everybody is the same. It’s a very good sign that we keep learning from each other and keep developing,” Bumrah said.Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah have developed a deadly partnership for India in recent times in the limited-overs formats.Bumrah, raw pace delivered with his unique action, joining forces with Bhuvneshwar’s swing and myriad variations; no pair in world cricket in recent times has been as damaging with the new ball and at the death.Also Read – Any bowler can get injured, bowling action not a problem: Jasprit BumrahWith seven months still left for the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales, India are one of the top contenders to lift the title.Although the World Cup is just three one day series away, both Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar thoughtfully play down the anticipation and excitement.advertisement”The World Cup is too far. One step at a time has always been my philosophy,” Bumrah said.For Bhuvneshwar, this will be his second outing after a disappointing Australian sojourn in 2015 where he lost match opportunities to injury.”The ultimate aim is to play and do well in the World Cup. But like Jasprit said you can’t think too far ahead. The focus is on West Indies, Australia and New Zealand series. If we start thinking about the World Cup now, it’s possible that we will lose focus from what we have to achieve before that,” Bhuvneshwar said.The immediate challenges are the four Test matches in the upcoming tour of Australia.Australia will be without two of their best batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, who have been serving one-year bans for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa earlier this year.Read – Australia tour will be challenging even without Smith and Warner: Bhuvneshwar KumarHowever, both Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar said India were wary of Australia’s threat even in the absence of Smith and Warner.”No we don’t think that way. We are not focusing on that,” Bumrah said.”It’s a challenge. If you look at it, for the past few years, away from home, it has become easier to bat rather than in the sub-continent. It’s more difficult for bowlers so it will be a challenge. But we know if we do well in Australia it will be good preparations for England (World Cup),” Bhuvneshwar said.India’s tour of Australia starts with a three-match Twenty20 International series from November 21. The two cricketing giants will then play four Tests before a three-match one day international series in January 2019.