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Tremlett named as Broad's replacement

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March 9, 2011

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Stuart Broad addresses the media, Chittagong, March 8, 2011
Stuart Broad will be flying home after picking up a side strain © Getty Images
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Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup with a side strain he picked up during the close win over South Africa two days ago. Chris Tremlett, who has been travelling with the squad as back-up, has been confirmed as his replacement after ICC approval.

Tremlett replaced Broad in the Ashes side after he succumbed to an abdominal tear during the Adelaide Test and great success, finishing with 17 wicket at 23.35 from three Tests. He then played four games of England's 6-1 defeat in the ODIs that followed but was not as effective and leaked 5.24 runs an over.

It took England a day of deliberation to settle upon Tremlett as their replacement. There is a school of thought that England could have wanted to keep him on as back-up for Tim Bresnan, who is coming back from a calf injury, and instead pick legspinner Adil Rashid - who is in the Caribbean with the England Lions at present - in the main squad. As it turned out, they went for the safer option.

Broad is the second setback England have suffered since their thrilling and inspiring defence of 171 against South Africa in Chennai on Sunday. They travelled to Chittagong without Kevin Pietersen, who had to end his tournament after that game to go back home for his hernia operation.

Broad has also travelled home for further assessment in the UK which will determine his recovery and rehabilitation timescale. He is due to appear for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL which starts in April but that will now depend on the assessment of the ECB's medical staff.

Nick Peirce, ECB chief medical officer, confirmed that the injury is separate to the abdominal tear that ruled him out of three Ashes Tests earlier this winter. "Stuart felt some discomfort following the South Africa match and our initial assessment indicated a strain to his left side," said Peirce.

"Subsequent scans have confirmed a significant side strain injury - where the muscle attaches the rib - that will rule him out of the remainder of the World Cup. This is a new injury, separate from the abdominal tear suffered during the Ashes, that requires a period of recuperation and rehabilitation and the duration of this recovery period will be determined following further assessment in the UK."

With Eoin Morgan's return to the squad providing a silver lining to the Pietersen injury, Broad's loss could prove to be more significant. He played a crucial part in England's morale-boosting defence of 171 against South Africa, taking two top-order wickets and also the last two, with South Africa needing just eight when he started the 48th over.

The injury was picked up during that game, after Broad had lost almost 5kg following a stomach bug that laid him low ahead of the India match. He said that he could feel the injury during his second spell, but the adrenalin got him through. "I felt a little tight during the South Africa game," he said. "It started to throb a little bit throughout my second spell. It stiffened up after the game.

"It's quite a common injury within bowlers," he said. "If the injury is a natural side strain or tear, it's something you have to be very careful of, and make sure you take your time to get fit again, and not rush back."

England have played four close matches in the tournament so far. With two win, a tie and a defeat, they are one win short of ensuring a place in the knockouts. They face Bangladesh on Friday before going back to Chennai to face West Indies on March 17.


Comments: 99 
Posted by   on (March 11, 2011, 5:56 GMT)


Posted by shep.fr on (March 10, 2011, 23:34 GMT)

bad luck Stuart, you will be missed. Should have gone for Rashid though, in this w/cup leg spin rocks

Posted by jonesy2 on (March 10, 2011, 9:33 GMT)

bah poms dropping like flys, who's next? who cares england arent going to feature heavily anyway. probably the worst team apart from the minnows.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2011, 4:18 GMT)

How this guy was not in the origional squad to begin with makes me scratch my head. Tremlett, Broad and Swann are Englands best ODI bowlers (from an Australian supporters point of view).

Posted by Silloh on (March 10, 2011, 0:31 GMT)

The English players are professionals and like all other players must remain fit. Afterall it's part of the obvious criteria to be selected. But one cannot help but reflect now on the merrit of KP's statement during the English tour to Australia, that in essence, it was too long and drawn out and not in the interest of the players , especially just prior to the world cup. The English players do look jaded, or is it the consequential effects from the thrashing from Ireland that all these guys are falling... Anderson, KP, Broad.

Posted by Julians11 on (March 9, 2011, 23:29 GMT)

TREMLETT IS THE MAN....impicking 3 wickets in his first mantch!!!

Posted by Munkeymomo on (March 9, 2011, 22:02 GMT)

btw @Cpt.Meanster, in 2007 you were so lucky to win. England were robbed in the first test and in the second the toss decided who would win, crazy conditions, add that to the fact we are a much better team now, this summer is going to be good. Got tickets to watch Somerset v India in June (I think), gunna be siiik.

Posted by Munkeymomo on (March 9, 2011, 21:49 GMT)

This is gutting news. I would have picked Rashid though, can always call up Tremlett if one of the seamers goes down. Rashid is a good bat too. Better player in every department than yardy and tredwell. Why he isn't out there I do not know. Still, get well soon Stuart, hope you dont have too long a recovery session early season for Notts! ;)

Posted by landl47 on (March 9, 2011, 19:04 GMT)

I'm not sure why people are assuming that Tremlett will be first choice for the England XI. Shahzad was picked for the squad ahead of Tremlett and he'll be the replacement for Broad. Tremlett is there for cover in case any of Anderson, Bresnan or Shahzad go down, or to be able to step in if England see a pitch on which they want to take in 4 seamers. @NUFC-OMS: are you related to Saj Mahmood? He's never looked the part as an England bowler and he wouldn't be in the frame if one of the current squad was injured. Woakes and Plunkett got the call ahead of him for the ODIs against Australia. Saj is a decent county bowler who is a notch short of international class. @NonStriker: what's the issue? If England, or any other team, want to pay the freight to carry an extra player who can only play if someone else is injured, why shouldn't they? It's bad enough to lose people from the first choice squad without denying them a fit reserve. Don't forget, this is England's off-season

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (March 9, 2011, 14:23 GMT)

Broad was telling against SA so this is appalling luck but Tremlett let no-one down in Aus. It's a pity though Wright can't be replaced-it's hard to see why he's there. Monty or Adil would be great replacements for him.

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