Bangladesh v England, 2nd ODI, Dhaka March 2, 2010

Injury concerns over Sidebottom and Broad

Cricinfo staff

Ryan Sidebottom has been ruled out of the final ODI against Bangladesh after missing the second game in Mirpur and Stuart Broad's back problem, which restricted him to six overs on Tuesday, is a further worry for England. Meanwhile, there are also concerns over Graham Onions who has arrived for the Tests with reports of a stiff back.

Sidebottom has aggravated the injury he picked up in the first Twenty20 against Pakistan in Dubai and forced him to sit out the second of those matches. He played the opening ODI against Bangladesh, but it was a disappointing performance as he took 1 for 46 in 7.4 overs and he may have been under pressure for his place in any event.

His spot for the second match was taken by James Tredwell as England changed tactics and played two frontline spinners, but England's pace options were then stretched further when Broad couldn't complete his spell. He will be assessed over the next two days ahead of the final game, but with the series wrapped up after the two-wicket victory in Mirpur the temptation could be to play it safe ahead of the Test series.

"Broady we're not sure about, it happened so soon and we need to give it 24-48 hours to settle down before any proper assessment," said Alastair Cook. "Sidebottom is out of the next ODI, but fingers crossed he can get back to fitness. We have to check, we're not 100% sure how serious his thigh is, but we will have a better idea in the next 48 hours."

Broad would have batted with a runner at No. 11 if he'd been required but Tredwell accompanied Eoin Morgan to knock off the runs. "As a bowler when you get a bad back muscles try to protect it. You run around looking a bit stiff for a while but hopefully it will settle down overnight," said Cook.

When asked about Onions' situation Cook said it was the first he'd heard about it, but the list of injuries will no doubt be a worry ahead of the Tests. Ajmal Shahzad and Liam Plunkett are the reserve pacemen in the squad and one could play in the final ODI, at Chittagong, on Friday if Broad is unavailable.

If the selectors feel cover is needed it could offer a chance to the likes of Steven Finn or Chris Woakes who both impressed on the recent Lions tour of UAE and were named in the preliminary 30-man squad for the World Twenty20. England are already without their leading quick, James Anderson, after he was rested from this tour due to his ongoing knee problem.

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  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    The figure of 600 overs a season was plucked out of the air without reference to Wisden but I see from my 1961 edition that Statham bowled 844 overs and Trueman 1068 in all cricket in 1960 - and there were several other opening bowlers who broke the 1000 overs barrier. I'm inclined to think that bowlers do too much inappropriate strength training and not enough general fitness and agility, as well as simply not bowling enough!

  • Naveed on March 4, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    Definitely agree with the sentiment that there's something wrong with training regimes. Adding muscle will not make you fitter, losing all your body fat won't make you last longer. Too much reliance on one dimensional machines that build the wrong muscles and not enough "old skool" hard work.

    Also believe that with so few opportunities for players to play professionally i.e. limited number of county slots and too many players, the county teams can afford to let a guy break down and bring in a replacement. Hardly ever likely to be a problem with a shortage of players available for county games and in the main if they are county bowlers, likelihood is that they just trundle in and do a job. Sidebottom and Broad at the national level are also easily replaced. So upshot is unless you are a Wasim, Waqar, Lillee, no great loss to the country, there are another dozen just like you waiting to take your place.

  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    When I think back to the days of Trueman and Statham who regularly bowled 600 overs a season in Test and County cricket with better results than our present crop, I can't work out what is going wrong! Is it something to do with modern fitness regimes?

  • Paul on March 3, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    It's strange. Bowlers bowl a lot less overs than they did in the 70's and 80's (and even the early 90's) yet get injured far more often.

    Maybe it's the fitness work they put in that's wearing them down?

  • Philip on March 3, 2010, 10:50 GMT


    Onions has joined up with the squad for the Test series not the ODIs. the reason Mascarenhas won't get called up is because when he has had his chances he hasn't produced (you can't live off one performance against a mediocore bowler).

  • Heramba on March 3, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    Well Where is Mascharenas,y do u go always back to Onions ,Y cant d english selectors giv a think-thank for there selection basis.I m suprised he is a handy bat also and also the fact that Onions is more of a test bowler(wicket taker) he isnt suitable.

  • Dre on March 2, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    Sigh...more bowlers down again. If people still think there isn't something wrong somewhere, they deserve 2 clouts upside the head with a thought of a 3rd lol

  • jay on March 2, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    how come Cricinfo allows comments for such stories which are not even worth reporting and no comments are enabled on some other stories?

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