England v India, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford, 1st day August 7, 2014

Broad to undergo knee surgery


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Stuart Broad will undergo surgery on his right knee at the end of the Investec Test series between England and India.

Broad, who claimed the 12th five-wicket haul of his career on the first day of the Old Trafford Test, expects to be out of action for up to three-and-a-half months, but is confident that he will be fit to play a full part in the World Cup which starts in February.

Broad, 28, overtook Graeme Swann's wicket tally during the day and now stands sixth on the all-time list of England's Test wicket-takers.

But he has struggled with tendonitis in the knee for some time and, while the timing of the operation has not been confirmed, it seems highly likely he will miss the limited-overs internationals against India that follow the Test series.

"In the past 18 months I could have had an op at any stage but it has got to the stage where it needs to be done," Broad said. "The timing is not confirmed. The surgeon is flying over from Sweden at the end of the Oval Test to have a look. It will either be after that Test or after the one-day series, depending on what he suggests."

Toby Roland-Jones, the Middlesex seamer, and Surrey's Stuart Meaker have had the same type of surgery recently, giving Broad an idea of his recovery time.

"Toby and Stuart had it done at the end of last season and it's about three months, or three-and-a-half months. I should be fine for the World Cup.

"It's actually a really good opportunity for me to get the knee sorted and to use the time as a strength and conditioning period. The 2015 schedule looks really busy so all the players will have to be as fit as they possibly can going into that period."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Android on August 9, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    I dont think he is a great bowler his presence doesnt change the result in odi cricket if he is a great bowler he should prove his bowling talent on sub continent pitches

  • Steven on August 9, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    I don't know why players like broad didn't have the op as soon as he got the injury to be honest why try and time it to suit your own schedule if it needs doing why not get it done straight even if you have to miss some games cos the sooner you get it done the sooner you you can get back playing I reckon cos even if playing on like broad has done hasn't made the injury worst surely it must annoy you or effect you in some way

  • Android on August 8, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    Surely with Broad out of the odi and t20 series it opens Stevens Finns chance to play for England once again

  • Steve on August 8, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Broad can go take care of his problem at the end of this test itself because he has just won the test series for Eng.

  • ketan on August 8, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    i always want to see him playing more ODIs than tests but he always away when it comes to ODI.

  • Paulo on August 8, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    Fair enough. Would allow the opportunity to look at more seam options for ODI cricket, to ensure we pick the strongest team available, while at the same time allowing Broad enough rest time to ensure he is ready to go for the world cup.

  • VENKATACHALAM on August 8, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Nice time to get the surgery done, Stuart. Don't worry about the World Cup 2015. It starts in Feb 2015 and the knockout stages arrive only in July. You can join it any time !

  • Jason on August 8, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    @Patchmaster, I don't think Brookes is a test cricketer, In terms of an alternative Opener, well there are a number of options, including Lyth, the only Div1 cricketer to have 1000 FC runs this year, and only 1 of 3 in both divisions.

  • Jason on August 8, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    It make sense to do it after the series is over as it will allow him to receive physio and build up for a return either for the World cup or the WI's series.

    It was a great effort, yesterday, I just wish he could be as consistent as this in the other games if he was he'd be one of the great fast bowlers and have a lot more wickets at a better average than he currently does.

  • Android on August 8, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    @Wiggly- Did you read the article carefully? He will under-go surgery after this test series hence he will be in the team for next game as well, He will miss the one-day series not test series.. And Finn isn't a great bowler, He's inconsistent and leak runs.. He isn't any kind of threat to Indian batsmen..

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