England in India 2012-13

Broad suffers recurrence of heel injury

George Dobell

December 11, 2012

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Captain Stuart Broad endured a frustrating day in the field, Mumbai A v England XI, 2nd day, Mumbai, November 4, 2012
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Fast bowler Stuart Broad has been sent for scan on his left heel and is a doubt for England's two T20 matches against India.

Broad suffered a recurrence of the heel injury that threatened his involvement in the first Test of the series during training at the VCA Stadium on Tuesday, ahead of the fourth and final Test of the series that starts on Thursday.

While Broad is unlikely to win a recall to the side for that game, he remains a key player in England's T20 side. His absence would also necessitate England naming a new captain for the two games. Eoin Morgan would appear to be the likely replacement.

It may be an inexperienced looking England squad assembled for the T20 games. Not only have experienced players such as Graeme Swann and Kevin Pietersen been rested, but senior coaches Andy Flower, Graham Gooch and the team manager Phil Neale are also going home immediately after the Test. Richard Halsall, the assistant coach, will take charge.

The training session also afforded England their first look at the Nagpur pitch. While it has not been used recently, unlike the tracks used in Mumbai and Kolkata, it looks white and dry. The curator has been asked by the BCCI not to talk to the media, but those close to him suggest the groundstaff stopped watering the pitch a couple of days ago and expect it to start assisting spinners on the second day. The outfield, however, is lush and green which may not aid the seamers on either side as they search for reverse swing.

There have only been three Tests at this ground and none of them have ended in a draw. On all three occasions, the side winning the toss has batted first - as they surely will again - and on two of those occasions they have gone on to win the game.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by JG2704 on (December 13, 2012, 8:29 GMT)

@zenboomerang on (December 13 2012, 08:05 AM GMT) I can't see them ever going back to KP and I'm not sure he'd be a great man manager. They want someone who gets on with the management at all times. Also KP is rested all the time. Problem is I think Eng overdo the rotation/resting

Posted by zenboomerang on (December 13, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

@JG2704... Must admit, not wanting to bring up old problems, but KP would be a choice atm - politics & coaches excluded... There have been a number of changes in recent times, so yes, the makeup of the team seems very fluid... I would have said Kieswetter up until recent form... I guess like Oz, pick someone that is likely T20 captain material for the next 1 or 2 years & that should be good enough - but not a bowler ;) ...

Posted by zenboomerang on (December 13, 2012, 1:07 GMT)

@jmcilhinney... Think you posted on the wrong article - cannot see any comms by any Aussie (besides myself so far) - as for Patto, I already made comms about his attitude last summer & again early this season - so your comms seem out of place... Not sure where all posters are from, but some complaints about Broad seem to be coming from England fans & not all are about his on-field behaviour... Some players float under the radar while others seem to always stand out - whether intentional or not... "ce la vie"...

Posted by JG2704 on (December 12, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

@zenboomerang on (December 12 2012, 10:28 AM GMT) I think when they chose Broad as a T20 captain his form was pretty good but his injuries were always likely to have a bearing on the amount of games he'd play. To be honest I'm not sure who I'd have as captain of the T20s. I'd probably say Swann but he seems to get rested so often it makes him unviable. I'm not even that sure how many players would be ever presents in our T20 side given our constant injuries/tinkering and resting players

Posted by JG2704 on (December 12, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

@tommyb1234 on (December 11 2012, 22:35 PM GMT) Got to be honest , he does over appeal at times but surely other do similarly and I don't feel he sulks and remonstrates with the umpires so much these days either but I guess that's your opinion which you are entitled to

Posted by zenboomerang on (December 12, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

On a side note: while Broad has a good Test record his ODI/T20 record isn't great & with all the concern over seam bowlers changing between formats & creating/aggravating injuries, I for one would be asking the ECB to look at bringing in bowlers suited to the short formats, especially T20... Broads short formats batting is average at best, while his bowling is questionable - in ODI's he gets 1 wicket or less @51.6% of matches played (93), while in T20 it is @60.5% (43 games) - not what I'd call as match winning stats... If I was a selector, I'd be penciling in Broad as a Test specialist, with maybe a role in ODI's, but thats it...

Posted by zenboomerang on (December 12, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

Not bagging Broad, he is as good a Test bowler going around when 100% fit & bowling at full speed - but he has been down a bit on pace & general form this year for reasons that aren't always clear - strangely both bat & ball... Commented in the past with JG2704 & others (pro's & con's) about Broads VC role - it just isn't teniable as current events are now proving... Who is the Test VC atm?... Then there is the issue of creating a new captain for T20's... Surely team cohesion & stability is best provided by a captain or VC that is likely to be playing all matches in the foreseeable future...

Posted by zenboomerang on (December 12, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

@Luqman Leckie... Good to read insightful comms :) ... Too much politics within the dressing room & poor team policies from the ECB... All this "we all get on well" is just for the media...

Posted by 200ondebut on (December 12, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

Are they trying to save his blushes? He wasn't going to get picked anyway. Agree with comments that he has got a bit big for his boots - a bit of a diva. Needs to be as good as KP before being able to act this way.

Posted by MartinC on (December 12, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

Sounds like its going to be a very important toss to win in the Test match. Surley Cook is due to win a toss eventually - its the only thing he has got wrong on this tour so far!

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