England news April 9, 2012

Broad's injuries a concern - Flower

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Andy Flower, the England team director, has said that Stuart Broad's recurring injury problems are a worry. However he is resigned to Broad linking up with the IPL if he recovers from the calf strain that ruled him out of the second Test against Sri Lanka and has admitted the event is a "tricky" subject.

It was the latest in a list of injuries for Broad over the last 18 months, starting with the stomach muscle strain that ruled him out of three Ashes Tests in Australia before a rib injury curtailed his World Cup campaign. Towards the end of the English season he then damaged his shoulder and missed the end of the India home series and Twenty20 matches against West Indies, plus the return contest in India during October which meant Graeme Swann was required as a stand-in T20 captain.

"It is a concern," Flower said. "He's one of the leaders in our attack and our T20 captain as well. But he'll be working hard to get back in readiness for the West Indies series."

Broad's workload is one of the highest among the England squad with him playing all three formats but he has a contract with Kings XI Punjab which Flower knows he will need to honour if his calf recovers. If he does join up with the tournament he will return home to play one County Championship match, against Middlesex, before the first Test against West Indies at Lord's on May 17. He was due to meet the ECB medical staff on Monday to assess his progress.

"The IPL is a tricky subject and a tricky time in the cricketing calendar, and I don't think there's a perfect answer there," Flower said. "My priority now is getting the guys ready for the West Indies series.

"He's contracted to his IPL side so if he's fit he'll go and play IPL and come back and play that first-class game prior to the West Indies series, as planned. If he's not fit enough to do that, and calf injuries can take a bit longer than some of the other muscle groups, he won't go."

Any England centrally contracted player who appears in the IPL - so that also includes Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan - are monitored by the ECB's medical staff who keep in touch with the franchises to ensure any predefined programmes are adhered to and how any niggles are treated.

Playing the IPL would mean no significant rest period for Broad until at least after the World Twenty20 where he will be captain and even then it will be short as the team are due to start a four-Test series in India in November. However, on the flip side the tournament could be a useful chance to expand his game ahead of the World Twenty20 in September where England will defend their title. Broad also missed last year's IPL due to the rib injury he picked up at the World Cup.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • JG2704 on April 11, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    @Meety on (April 11 2012, 00:47 AM GMT) I really don't think PC is good enough as a player right now to get in the England side. Swann possibly but he's ageing.

  • Meety on April 11, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    @jmcilhinney - "...Who in that team has the qualifications to be captain but doesn't also play Tests and ODIs?" - not in the side, but I'd say Collingwood. == == == The only good news for Broad is that at least his injuries are not stress fractures. All the injuries he has had of late are of the kind that should heal fairly quickly or are not career threatening.

  • prashnottz on April 10, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Yorkshire-86 - I am pretty sure Broad will be a sad man if his "kids" are not able to look after themselves, but I get the point.

  • jonesytoo on April 10, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    @yorkshire-86, I'd hope by 2055 Stuart Broad's (currently hypothetical) children will no longer need him to provide food and shelter.

  • RandyOZ on April 10, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Really hope he gets fit for the Ashes. No one likes to see a player injured. Especially Warner and Ponting, they will love to see him bowling his pies for them to dispatch to all parts!

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on April 10, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    @Yorkshire you make a valid point and everyone deserve to maximise on earning potential but at the expense of the long-term health of test cricket? Not so sure. @RandyOz keep dreaming son. We all gotta dream I guess. Right now Im keeping my fingers crossed you scrape a draw against the mighty Windies.

  • on April 10, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    If he is fit he should definitely play IPL. He has shown over the last couple of years just how skilful a bowler he is. He can still improve and playing IPL against some of the best batsmen in this format will help him and England. I just hope he gets games and a chance to bat as well. But the IPL teams are fickle when it comes to consistency of selection.

  • JG2704 on April 10, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Tricky subject this. I feel Broad has been our best player in all 3 formats in the last 9 months or so. As for IPL , personally and selfishly I'd rather he didn't go. I'd rather if he was getting injured it would purely be from his exertions for England. Having said that , I can see things from Broad's point and if IPL are paying silly money then it us up to Broad. I have said many times about the 5 man bowling attack and one reason was having 3 pacemen would manage the workloads better. Also I felt Eng could have rested Broad (and others) totally from the ODIs in Pak which may have cost us the margin of victory or even the series but I'd have lived with that. However I think the latest injury was from treading awkwardly on a rope so no one could have foreseen that. One thing for certain is that no one can accuse Broad of lack of effort for his country.

  • JG2704 on April 10, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    @novelwolf on (April 10 2012, 02:38 AM GMT) I believe this is the 1st test series between the sides for 3 years so I don't see where the "too often" bit comes in.

  • Harvey on April 10, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    @novelwolf - I think it's to do with contracts signed between the ECB and TV companies for covering those Stanford matches. Why TV companies were interested in those games in the first place I have no idea, because the fans weren't. As for the subject of the article, it seems to me to be just another non-story aimed at trying to provide India's domestic T20 league with the oxygen of publicity. Stuart Broad is England's T20 captain. The World T20 in SL is coming up, so if some mug offers him a ludicrous sum of money to take part in a domestic T20 competition on the subcontinent, it's a no-brainer, isn't it? It's hardly as if it's a heavy workload, either. A maximum of 24 legal deliveries per day is less than he'd bowl in net practice with his county. It should HELP his recuperation if anything. Overseas players come to England to take part in the County Championship all the time, and the workload & risk of injury in that competition is way heavier than for a T20 knockabout.

  • JG2704 on April 11, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    @Meety on (April 11 2012, 00:47 AM GMT) I really don't think PC is good enough as a player right now to get in the England side. Swann possibly but he's ageing.

  • Meety on April 11, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    @jmcilhinney - "...Who in that team has the qualifications to be captain but doesn't also play Tests and ODIs?" - not in the side, but I'd say Collingwood. == == == The only good news for Broad is that at least his injuries are not stress fractures. All the injuries he has had of late are of the kind that should heal fairly quickly or are not career threatening.

  • prashnottz on April 10, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Yorkshire-86 - I am pretty sure Broad will be a sad man if his "kids" are not able to look after themselves, but I get the point.

  • jonesytoo on April 10, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    @yorkshire-86, I'd hope by 2055 Stuart Broad's (currently hypothetical) children will no longer need him to provide food and shelter.

  • RandyOZ on April 10, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Really hope he gets fit for the Ashes. No one likes to see a player injured. Especially Warner and Ponting, they will love to see him bowling his pies for them to dispatch to all parts!

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on April 10, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    @Yorkshire you make a valid point and everyone deserve to maximise on earning potential but at the expense of the long-term health of test cricket? Not so sure. @RandyOz keep dreaming son. We all gotta dream I guess. Right now Im keeping my fingers crossed you scrape a draw against the mighty Windies.

  • on April 10, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    If he is fit he should definitely play IPL. He has shown over the last couple of years just how skilful a bowler he is. He can still improve and playing IPL against some of the best batsmen in this format will help him and England. I just hope he gets games and a chance to bat as well. But the IPL teams are fickle when it comes to consistency of selection.

  • JG2704 on April 10, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Tricky subject this. I feel Broad has been our best player in all 3 formats in the last 9 months or so. As for IPL , personally and selfishly I'd rather he didn't go. I'd rather if he was getting injured it would purely be from his exertions for England. Having said that , I can see things from Broad's point and if IPL are paying silly money then it us up to Broad. I have said many times about the 5 man bowling attack and one reason was having 3 pacemen would manage the workloads better. Also I felt Eng could have rested Broad (and others) totally from the ODIs in Pak which may have cost us the margin of victory or even the series but I'd have lived with that. However I think the latest injury was from treading awkwardly on a rope so no one could have foreseen that. One thing for certain is that no one can accuse Broad of lack of effort for his country.

  • JG2704 on April 10, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    @novelwolf on (April 10 2012, 02:38 AM GMT) I believe this is the 1st test series between the sides for 3 years so I don't see where the "too often" bit comes in.

  • Harvey on April 10, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    @novelwolf - I think it's to do with contracts signed between the ECB and TV companies for covering those Stanford matches. Why TV companies were interested in those games in the first place I have no idea, because the fans weren't. As for the subject of the article, it seems to me to be just another non-story aimed at trying to provide India's domestic T20 league with the oxygen of publicity. Stuart Broad is England's T20 captain. The World T20 in SL is coming up, so if some mug offers him a ludicrous sum of money to take part in a domestic T20 competition on the subcontinent, it's a no-brainer, isn't it? It's hardly as if it's a heavy workload, either. A maximum of 24 legal deliveries per day is less than he'd bowl in net practice with his county. It should HELP his recuperation if anything. Overseas players come to England to take part in the County Championship all the time, and the workload & risk of injury in that competition is way heavier than for a T20 knockabout.

  • novelwolf on April 10, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    why is it that WI play england so often???

  • jmcilhinney on April 10, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    @Pauline Griffiths, it seems odd that you say that the T20 captaincy is too big a burden for Broad because he plays all three formats yet you also advocate against having three different captains. Traditionally it would be one captain for all three formats so surely that's a much bigger burden still. If Broad is not to be T20 captain then who? Who in that team has the qualifications to be captain but doesn't also play Tests and ODIs? It doesn't really seem to me that the players have any real issue with the situation. As long as each captain is respected - and they all seem to be - I don't think it's an issue. As for management, I'm sure that they can count to 3 remember which captain is which. Not everyone was sold on the idea of three captains but I haven't seen any outward sign that it's not working so far.

  • 2.14istherunrate on April 9, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    Whilst it is sad that Mickey Mouse cricket pays such enormous sums while real cricket less (well commercialism is like that), one cannot complain if english players simply do what all the countries' players do. It's only fair they have the same chances. I do not think though that IPL should interfere with international cricket at all, and where there is conflict IPL contracts should not be enforceable- this would include a reasonable acclimatisation period before internationals are played. thus West Indians would be automatically available if wanted for games. I think that english players have an incentive to get back for Tests etc as the competition is too fierce, but it is up to a player like Broad to be responsible vis a vis fitness and to have the final say over playing out his IPL contract. In his case Finn, Tremlett and one or two others are hard on his heels, so he should be careful.

  • yorkshire-86 on April 9, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    At the end of the day Broad, like any other player, has to look after himself. In 2055-2056, will the ECB be providing food and shelter for Broad's wife and children? No. Will a couple of seasons worth of IPL provide for his wife and children in 2055-2056? Yes. In this day and age you have to prioritise the future - in 40 years time noone except cricket fans will remember who won the upcoming series in the West Indies but what matters most is whether his kids in 40 years time are eating comfortably or are scraping the mortar off buildings to make into soup. Just look at the biographies of many cricketers of the early 1900's and look how many ended up in the workhouse because they put the game above ensuring a comfortable living.

  • StoneRosesRam on April 9, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    Realistically Flower nor the ECB can stop the likes of Broad playing in the IPL as Punjab paid nearly half a million dollars for Broad's services, as a result the moment that he is anywhere near match fit he will be off to india when in the long term he would be better off slowly getting back into the game through the county game but in the modern era money talks and Broad will be determined not to miss out on his big pay day for 2 years running

  • on April 9, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Making Broad the T20 captain was a big mistake. 3 different captains for the three formats is confusing and distracting for players and management and means each captain could be looking over his shoulder all the time. For Broad himself, it is too big a burden for someone playing in all three formats and with a history of injury. Indeed, he has not even been able to fulfil his role in all the t20 matches that have taken place since his appointment.

  • tusharkardile on April 9, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    Hahahaaaaaa.... IPL a tricky subject??? Or Broad a greedy player?

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on April 9, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Broad's a superb fast bowler and has a test batting high score of 160 so he would be missed from any team.

  • on April 9, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    "after the World Twenty20 were he will be captain" - should be "where":)

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  • on April 9, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    "after the World Twenty20 were he will be captain" - should be "where":)

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on April 9, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Broad's a superb fast bowler and has a test batting high score of 160 so he would be missed from any team.

  • tusharkardile on April 9, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    Hahahaaaaaa.... IPL a tricky subject??? Or Broad a greedy player?

  • on April 9, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Making Broad the T20 captain was a big mistake. 3 different captains for the three formats is confusing and distracting for players and management and means each captain could be looking over his shoulder all the time. For Broad himself, it is too big a burden for someone playing in all three formats and with a history of injury. Indeed, he has not even been able to fulfil his role in all the t20 matches that have taken place since his appointment.

  • StoneRosesRam on April 9, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    Realistically Flower nor the ECB can stop the likes of Broad playing in the IPL as Punjab paid nearly half a million dollars for Broad's services, as a result the moment that he is anywhere near match fit he will be off to india when in the long term he would be better off slowly getting back into the game through the county game but in the modern era money talks and Broad will be determined not to miss out on his big pay day for 2 years running

  • yorkshire-86 on April 9, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    At the end of the day Broad, like any other player, has to look after himself. In 2055-2056, will the ECB be providing food and shelter for Broad's wife and children? No. Will a couple of seasons worth of IPL provide for his wife and children in 2055-2056? Yes. In this day and age you have to prioritise the future - in 40 years time noone except cricket fans will remember who won the upcoming series in the West Indies but what matters most is whether his kids in 40 years time are eating comfortably or are scraping the mortar off buildings to make into soup. Just look at the biographies of many cricketers of the early 1900's and look how many ended up in the workhouse because they put the game above ensuring a comfortable living.

  • 2.14istherunrate on April 9, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    Whilst it is sad that Mickey Mouse cricket pays such enormous sums while real cricket less (well commercialism is like that), one cannot complain if english players simply do what all the countries' players do. It's only fair they have the same chances. I do not think though that IPL should interfere with international cricket at all, and where there is conflict IPL contracts should not be enforceable- this would include a reasonable acclimatisation period before internationals are played. thus West Indians would be automatically available if wanted for games. I think that english players have an incentive to get back for Tests etc as the competition is too fierce, but it is up to a player like Broad to be responsible vis a vis fitness and to have the final say over playing out his IPL contract. In his case Finn, Tremlett and one or two others are hard on his heels, so he should be careful.

  • jmcilhinney on April 10, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    @Pauline Griffiths, it seems odd that you say that the T20 captaincy is too big a burden for Broad because he plays all three formats yet you also advocate against having three different captains. Traditionally it would be one captain for all three formats so surely that's a much bigger burden still. If Broad is not to be T20 captain then who? Who in that team has the qualifications to be captain but doesn't also play Tests and ODIs? It doesn't really seem to me that the players have any real issue with the situation. As long as each captain is respected - and they all seem to be - I don't think it's an issue. As for management, I'm sure that they can count to 3 remember which captain is which. Not everyone was sold on the idea of three captains but I haven't seen any outward sign that it's not working so far.

  • novelwolf on April 10, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    why is it that WI play england so often???

  • Harvey on April 10, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    @novelwolf - I think it's to do with contracts signed between the ECB and TV companies for covering those Stanford matches. Why TV companies were interested in those games in the first place I have no idea, because the fans weren't. As for the subject of the article, it seems to me to be just another non-story aimed at trying to provide India's domestic T20 league with the oxygen of publicity. Stuart Broad is England's T20 captain. The World T20 in SL is coming up, so if some mug offers him a ludicrous sum of money to take part in a domestic T20 competition on the subcontinent, it's a no-brainer, isn't it? It's hardly as if it's a heavy workload, either. A maximum of 24 legal deliveries per day is less than he'd bowl in net practice with his county. It should HELP his recuperation if anything. Overseas players come to England to take part in the County Championship all the time, and the workload & risk of injury in that competition is way heavier than for a T20 knockabout.