England seamer Stuart Broad is “fine” after taking an unexpected blow from a golf ball.
Broad is no stranger to finding himself in the firing line in Brisbane, where the home crowd and press delivered a barrage of verbal bouncers in his direction on his last Ashes trip.
Broad became public enemy number one round these parts in 2013-14 when most of Australia remained irked by his decision four months earlier not to walk off in the Trent Bridge Test after edging a ball – via the wicketkeeper’s gloves – to slip.
In response, Brisbane’s Courier Mail refused to name him – referring instead to “the 27-year-old medium-pacer”, and printing only washed-out and faceless silhouettes of him.
Broad has spoken several times in the lead-up to this Ashes campaign, which begins at the Gabba on Thursday, of his curiosity to see what is in store for him here this time.
There has been nothing of note, however, since England’s arrival on Sunday until – in the expected sanctuary of Brisbane Golf Club – he was hit by a stray ball on the lower back while he was bending down to size up a practice putt.
As you can see in the background, captain Joe Root clearly isn't too worried by Broad's latest injury.
Both he and Alex Hales took the opportunity to troll the fast bowler by leaving a couple of cheeky comments.
Hales wrote: "@stuartbroad8 you 🎣 with that comment?!
"Think @root66 must be looking at the pecs."
Root replied: "@alexhales1 at his hairline"
An England and Wales Cricket Board spokesman said: “Stuart was practising on the putting green when he was hit by a stray golf ball from a member.
“He is fine, and no dramas.”
Broad will be expected to play a major role in the series which gets underway on Thursday in Brisbane, despite the tourists being considered rank outsiders for the five-match encounter.
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