England news August 20, 2014

Broad knee surgery confirmed

ESPNcricinfo staff

The ECB has confirmed that Stuart Broad will undergo surgery on his right knee on September 4 to try and overcome the persistent tendonitis which has been managed for much of the last year.

Broad had conceded during the Old Trafford Test against India that an operation would be required and was seen by a specialist from Sweden after the series had finished earlier this week.

As expected he was not named in the one-day squad for the series against India. The estimated recovery time is around three to four months which is likely to rule Broad out of the one-day series in Sri Lanka during November leaving the triangular series in Australia during January, ahead of the World Cup, as the target.

A brief ECB statement said: "The ECB medical team confirmed that England pace bowler Stuart Broad is to have surgery on his right knee on Thursday 4 September. A rehabilitation and recovery programme will be determined following the operation."

Broad's knee has been an ongoing issue but has flared up particularly badly at various stages, including on the tour of West Indies were he was forced to sit out games then again early in the recent Investec series against India which raised doubts as to whether he would be able to see out the five Tests.

In the end Broad was able to complete the series and played a key role in England's turnaround as they secured a 3-1 result. He took 6 for 25 at Old Trafford and finished the series with 19 wickets at 23.00.

During the Old Trafford Test he was also struck in the face by a bouncer from Varun Aaron which squeezed between the grille and the helmet leaving him with a fractured nose although specialists said surgery was not required.

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  • Jake on August 21, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    With no tests coming up for England until April 2015 this is the ideal time for Broad to have the operation and take much needed time out from the game. I imagine the England management had been eyeing this window of opportunity for some time. Having him back for 50-over World Cup would be a bonus for England but Windies tour will be the main target, and the overall aim of the excercise will be to get another five years top quality bowling out of him.

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    I think broad needed this time away from cricket and get his long term injury problems rectified before getting all set for the mega event i.e world cup 2015. As far as indian odi series is concerned,believe me this is going to whole lot different than tests in which we were thumped badly courtesy of really bad performances in fielding and batting.In odi indians are kind of specialists and for sure virat will again be at his best.As far as england are concerned,i think with only anderson,it seem 4-1 in favour of india.No offence guys but this is what u r going to bear like we did in test series.

  • John on August 21, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Having just turned 28, Broad is in what should be the prime years of his career. With Anderson getting to the veteran stage, Broad needs to be the leader of the attack for the next 5 years or so.

    It is therefore very important that he is not rushed back just so that he can play in the World Cup. I doubt very much if he would be the difference between England winning or losing in a form of cricket in which the 5th bowler in the side has to bowl as many overs as the best bowler and economy is more important than taking wickets. In test cricket it's another matter- the best players are vital to the success of the side.

    If he's fully recovered and back to optimum fitness in time to play, fine. If not, PLEASE don't risk his and England's future for the sake of his participation in the WC. He'll be remembered for his test exploits, not for 10 overs with no close catchers, small boundaries and the aim of keeping runs to under 5 an over.

  • Michael on August 21, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    Cpt. Meanster: While I agree that England have little hope of winning the World Cup (though it will be interesting to see how the inclusion of Hales affects the team), I find it an odd argument to suggest that ODIs require 'double the skill and quality' of Tests - especially considering that an Indian side full of short-form specialists have just been trounced in a Test series by that England side you've just written off. Clearly there's more to it than that.

  • siddhartha on August 21, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    @cptmeanster : you need double skill in ODIs ? really? Have you ever seen ball bouncing or flying past batmen in ODI s like in tests ? Looks like you are a fan of cute little domestic t20 leagues like IPL.

  • Jay on August 21, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    Can't see England being successful during next year's world cup down under. They don't have the class or quality of players to win a world cup. 50 over cricket is not like grandpa cricket (tests). It requires double the skill and quality to put away an opposition in 100 overs inside 1 day. The only way England can improve in ODI cricket is by having their best players play in every ODI series possible.

  • Dummy4 on August 20, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    I imagine that it is because the knee should be rested for some time before the procedure but I am just guessing.

  • david on August 20, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    if time is of the essence, why is he not under the knife immediately. surely sooner the better

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