X-rays give England cricketer James Anderson all-clear

 

England seamer James Anderson came through an injury scare with nothing more than bruising to his right thumb after returning to county action at Old Trafford this morning.

Lancashire paceman Anderson joined Nottinghamshire Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann in making his first appearance of the season in the match, but his comeback almost turned to calamity as he was sent to hospital for X-rays after taking a couple of blows to the right thumb.

There were concerns he may have suffered a fracture but he got the all clear after being sent to hospital and was expected to return to the field later in the day.

A break would have ruled him out of the start of the West Indies Test series later this month, but he should now be clear to get some more match practice under his belt as the game progresses.

Anderson's first blow came when he parried a Michael Lumb edge to Ashwell Prince at third slip, and he took another, more substantial, hit when fielding a James Taylor drive off his own bowling.

He did not seem too badly affected, going on to complete a miserly 10-over spell that cost just eight runs, but left the pitch immediately after his final delivery.

At lunch, Nottinghamshire were 50 for three - veteran skipper Glen Chapple taking all three wickets.

Neil Edwards was first to go, playing on while shaping to leave the ball, while Alex Hales was off-balance when he was trapped lbw.

Lumb was next out as the Red Rose reduced Nottinghamshire to 16 for three on their first championship match at Old Trafford since September 2010 and the first since the square was rotated as part of ongoing redevelopments.

Samit Patel (10no) and James Taylor (15no) saw Nottinghamshire to the interval without further loss.

Anderson returned to the field in the afternoon session to warm applause, showing no signs of strapping on the affected hand.

PA

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