James Anderson OK after X-ray
Fans booking hospitality packages for the England versus West Indies Test match at Lord's this month can breathe a sigh of relief: James Anderson has not broken his thumb.
The Lancashire bowler was hit twice by the ball on his bowling hand while fielding as he played for his county against Nottinghamshire at Old Trafford today (May 2nd).
He carried on bowling but then left the field to have his thumb examined.
Fears Anderson have suffered a fracture were allayed after X-rays in hospital and he was able to resume bowling in the afternoon.
Fellow England players Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad were back in action for Nottinghamshire as they also gained some match-practice ahead of the Test series.
The pair had varying experiences in Sri Lanka, with Broad missing the Colombo Test with a calf injury, whereas Swann took ten wickets in the match to help England level the series with an eight-wicket victory.
By Keith Prowse