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Flynn injury disconcerts Anderson

James Anderson
Anderson hit Flynn full in the face and dented his grill

England paceman James Anderson said the experience of dislodging Daniel Flynn's front tooth "wasn't pleasant".

Anderson hit Flynn in the mouth with a bouncer, forcing him to retire, as New Zealand reached 202-4 before play ended early on day one of the second Test.

"It's a first," Anderson told BBC Sport. "There was quite a lot of blood.

"I asked him if he was all right, but I didn't get a reply. I was trying to get him out and make it uncomfortable. It's just one of those things."

The Lancashire star also hit all-rounder Jacob Oram on the helmet during a fiery spell on his home ground of Old Trafford.

But Anderson, who took 1-66 from his 12 overs, said that England would persevere with the short ball on day two.

"When you hit someone on the head it generally encourages bowlers to do it again," Anderson said.

"We do look at the bouncer as a real attacking option - especially against the Kiwis. Hopefully we can be as aggressive as we were today because we saw in periods that they don't like it.

"We clawed it back well in the last half hour before lunch and we came out really strong and aggressive after lunch.

"It is usually at my back from the Stretford End but it was a bit different today and it was a nice to have run from the other end.

"The wind was behind me, I could run in a bit more easily and when you're trying to be a bit more aggressive and bowl bouncers you can use that to your advantage."

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Jamie How, who made 64 at the top of the order for the tourists, said of Flynn: "He's undergone a bit of dentist work but he's a tough little fella and he'll be all right.

"It is never nice seeing a team-mate like that and any hit in the helmet causes concern."

Having shared in New Zealand's biggest opening partnership since Mark Richardson and Stephen Fleming broke three figures against England in 2004, How added: "It was nice because when you win the toss and bat it's important to get a good start."


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