England news September 12, 2011

Broad ruled out of India tour


Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the remainder of England's home season, as well as the five-match ODI series in India next month, after sustaining a muscle tear to his right shoulder. He suffered the injury while bowling during the tied fourth ODI at Lord's on Sunday, and will now miss both the final match in Cardiff next Friday, and the two Twenty20s against West Indies, which he was due to captain.

ECB chief medical officer, Dr Nick Peirce, said: "Stuart has a muscle tear within his shoulder and will require an initial period of rest and rehabilitation. Exact timescales will be determined in due course but he is likely to be ruled out of cricket for a number of weeks."

If his recovery goes to plan, there is a chance Broad could be fit to join the England squad and resume his captaincy duties for the one-off Twenty20 against India in Kolkata on October 29.

Broad had earlier revealed there was "bad news" about the extent of the injury he picked up two balls into his final over of the Lord's ODI. "Bad news on the shoulder, torn a muscle, I know which one, just can't spell it. Gutted," he posted on Twitter. He was subsequently dosed up on painkillers and ready to bat at No.11 if needed during England's chase, which was ended seven balls early by rain.

With Morgan, England's Twenty20 vice-captain, sidelined due to a shoulder injury there is no obvious replacement for Broad as captain. One option would be to give the job to the 50-over captain, Alastair Cook, but he refused to think too far ahead, saying, "We'll cross all those bridges when they arrive."

The fact that the one-day series is now safe for England takes pressure off the final match at Cardiff on Friday. Jade Dernbach was left out at Lord's - England played Steven Finn instead - so he would be the logical replacement for Broad in Cardiff. However, the pitch can favour spin so it may be an opportunity to give Samit Patel another outing before the Twenty20s against West Indies and the tour to India.

England have had been hit by far fewer injuries than India during the Test and one-day series, but had to contend with some problems nonetheless. Chris Tremlett (back) missed three Tests and Jonathan Trott (shoulder) two, while Morgan was ruled out of action following the first one-day international at Chester-le-Street.

For Broad, meanwhile, it adds to an injury-hit 10 months which included the stomach strain that ruled him out of the final three Ashes Tests in Australia, and the rib injury which ended his World Cup campaign. He had been dropped from the one-day side after a lacklustre first half of the English summer against Sri Lanka, but enjoyed a superb second half to the season which included a Man of the Series performance in the 4-0 Test whitewash against India.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ahmed on September 14, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    @OliverWebber Can't agree more ! and now we are hearing England being white washed when they tour India . Indian fans are an exception .

  • Ahmed on September 14, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    This could be a loss for England . Jade Dernbach is obviously a quality replacement but he could be expensive on Sub-continent wickets .

  • Sarav on September 14, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    Well Broad, escaped'uh? Let us see who else is getting a chance to escape. Last time when England played India, frontine pacers likes of Anderson, Broad were afraid to play. Come on Anderson, time for you to tear a muscle, otherwise you'll be torn up on India..

  • Rizwan on September 14, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    England won't be worried too much. I think in Indian condition Bresnan is going to be most effective, also Jade Dernbach will be pretty good with his variation in later overs.

  • Nagaraju on September 14, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    please can anybody tell...eng vs ind test series is playing in india on oct or nov?...its confirmed ? or just playing ODI and T20 ?? in india.

  • Oliver on September 14, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    So tired of reading these aggressive comments from (some) Indian fans. We heard "4-0" before the tests, then 3-1, 2-2, 1-3; then 5-0 before the one-dayers, and so on. Every time England win there are endless insults and excuses - please, give it a rest! And as for accusing Broad of faking his injury, that's just about the most absurd nonsense I've ever read here. And MeanBeans - there's nothing mysterious about depression, by the way, just ask anyone who's suffered from it. We all still miss Trescothick - truly a superb player in any form of the game. I'm sure it will be a tougher contest in India, especially as England are most definitely not yet a great one-day side, and Cook is still learning the ropes. I think it could be close and either side could win. One thing I'm confident of: if England lose, fans will not be queuing up with excuses, they'll be talking about what mistakes were made and how to rectify them.

  • Martin on September 14, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    @landl47; hey mate. LOL. Tell it how it is. IMO india are in BIG trouble in Tests NOW. Indians can say and believe what they like but the scoreboard doesn't lie.. @bigwonder; you're having a laugh about ridiculous comments - right. @puntertakeson; how about indian Tests display in England? Its very pathetic isn't it ? England is without main players - Tremlett, Trott and Still England crushed india by a whitewash 4-0 and record Innings defeats. Not ridiclous @bigwonder - the truth. Perhaps it's the truth that is ridiculous - ah yes, that must be it.

  • Grant on September 14, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    @shhy, that wasn't really my point. England will struggle in India- it is only a one day series they are still a badly inconsistant one day team, although they are a better team and India a worse team than last time they were there and I think the series will be close. My point is that it is ludicrous to suggest that a member of the England team at the moment with confidence so high, would feign an injury so as not to have to face India regardless of where it was played

  • John on September 14, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    So what happened last time a full strength Indian squad met England on Indian soil? Short memories eh? And btw, this October's tour will feature all the major venues of India...not like in 2008 where they played in places like Kanpur, Rajkot, Cuttack, etc which tip the balance hugely in favor of India back then.

  • John on September 14, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    To all those Indian fans claiming that this was India's B or C team, think about this: in 2 years or less, at least half of India's so-called A team will have retired or been dropped. This will be the A team then, so get used to it. Second, has this India B team played better or worse than the A team who played in the tests? I'd say better- at least they've given England a game and they've been able to bat and field. Maybe the Indian selectors should keep these guys in. Third, cricket matches are won by bowlers. The only bowler missing is Zaheer, apart from the out-of-form Bhaji, and Zaheer won't be available for the England ODI tour. BTW, happy 33rd birthday on 7th October, Zak. I guess you won't be getting any quicker- the only way from here is downhill. The upcoming ODI tour might be India's last hurrah, so make the most of it. By the tour of 2012, India will be in big trouble.

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