Physical pain is no obstacle for a champion. Veteran England pacer James Anderson may have essayed the role of one such hero after he reportedly played the final three Ashes Test with a broken rib.
The 31-year-old Anderson was struck by a Peter Siddle delivery during the course of the 2nd Ashes Test, played in Adelaide between December 5 and 9 last year. According to reports in the British press, the bowler may have broken his ribs but opted to conceal the injury and continue playing - bowling a total of 109.2 overs and picking nine wickets in the remainder of the lost series.
Even the slightest of niggles around the ribs are known to be extremely painful. It is reported that Anderson however, opted to pop painkillers and resort to sheer will to keep bowling for his side. Speculations indicate that the bowler perhaps, did not want to leave his team and skipper Alastair Cook - already facing defeats, Graeme Swann's retirement, Jonathan Trott's depression and Australia's verbal assault - stranded further Down Under.