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.

**WARNING** Graphic Image. 🚑❌ Golf Ball Bruise. If you 👀 really hard you can see it! 😂😂

A post shared by Stuart Broad (@stuartbroad8) on Nov 20, 2017 at 12:51am PST

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.

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.”