Mumbai A v England XI, Mumbai, 2nd day November 4, 2012

Broad adds to England injury concerns

ESPNcricinfo staff

England's fast-bowling stocks have taken another hit with the news that Stuart Broad required a scan on his left heel at the close of the second day against Mumbai A. England have already sent for Stuart Meaker as cover for Steven Finn, who strained his thigh in the first warm-up match, and they now have concerns over Broad, their vice-captain and opening bowler.

Broad went wicketless on a tough day in the field for the England XI. He managed to get through ten overs in his first appearance of the India tour but did not bowl after tea. Results of the scan are not expected until Monday but, with the first Test due to start in 11 days' time, the news came as a further headache to Alastair Cook in his first series as England's official Test captain.

A statement from the ECB said: "Stuart felt discomfort late on in today's play and has gone for a scan."

Broad was rested for England's opening warm-up fixture against India A before deputising for Cook in this match. It is understood the team management were keen to leave him out of the four-day match against Haryana, beginning on November 8, which is England's final game before of the first Test in Ahmedabad, raising questions about his fitness for the series.

One of the few England players to feature in all three formats, Broad's workload has been managed throughout the year. His last England appearance came a month ago at the World Twenty20, where he captained the side in five matches, and in the run-up to the tournament he was give the ODI series against South Africa off. He also missed the second Test in Sri Lanka in April with an calf strain and was rested for the West Indies Test at Edgbaston, with England already 2-0 up in the three-match series.

Meaker, the Surrey seamer, is currently still waiting to receive his visa before flying out to India. Although Finn carried out 12th-man duties in Mumbai, jogging on and off with drinks, he is not expected to be fit for the Haryana game and is a major doubt for the first Test. Graham Onions, who made his first England appearance in two years in the third Test against West Indies during the summer, took 1 for 34 against Mumbai A as the bowlers were given a taste of the toil that may await them over four Tests against India.

If England's pace options are restricted by injury, they may be more inclined to play a second specialist spinner alongside Graeme Swann. Monty Panesar saw Cheteshwar Pujara dropped off his bowling at the Dr DY Patil Sports Stadium and the India batsman added another 65 runs to his score before England's left-armer finally removed him but Panesar remained upbeat.

"I think the boys really showed a good effort out there," he said. "[Mumbai A] obviously played well but we didn't make it easy for them either. We tried to go through most of our options, trying to get the seamers involved, keeping the ball dry, getting it to reverse from one end and trying to apply pressure from the other end and I thought as a unit the guys did well today."

The case for two spinners is not the strongest, as England have played seven Tests with Swann and Panesar in the same side and won none of them. However, Panesar said it would be remiss of him not to be prepared for duty.

"These warm-up games are an opportunity to make sure I keep myself ready. I've got to make sure I get my overs in, that I bowl well and go through all my options to get a wicket," he said. "It's up to the selectors to decide what they want to do but I think it's my responsibility to make sure that I'm in a good place and my game's going well."

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  • Roo on November 7, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    @mikey76 :- "Players must be picked on CURRENT form not past exploits"... Starting to sound like an Aussie :P... I wouldn't have any problems with Onions getting selected, while Bresnan seems to be slowly getting his mojo back & good to see... If Finn is fully fit, I think the selectors will pick him with Anderson so it is a good problem to have...

  • michael on November 6, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    LaraforLife501. Erm I think you need reminding of his 169 against a pakistan attack of Amir, Asif and Ajmal when England were in dire straits. The five-for he took at the Oval in 2009 to win us back the ashes or the stack of wickets he took against India (25@13) including a hat-trick plus a crucial 74 at lords when we were again in trouble in 2011. His wicket tally this calender year is around 40 from 9 matches. Don't really see how he's overrated?

  • John on November 6, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    @Lara4life501 on (November 06 2012, 11:25 AM GMT) I don't think Broad has had a good year and because of form/injuries (which could even be related) I'd not have him in the side. However vs SA , check out the 2nd inns of the test we won the last time we played in SA , and did he not even take a 5 for in the 2nd or 3rd test this year (maybe I'm wrong). vs Aus (check out deciding test in Eng 1st inns in 2009) and vs India Broad was man of the series so I reckon he probably did ok in that one.

  • Mike on November 6, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Stuart Broad-The most over-rated test cricketer in the world,has a decent record yes, however give me a time he did it against quality opposition??? ie S.Africa, Aus, or even India??? Inflated averages against weak opposition isnt fooling anyone and I am an England fan...J Bairstow looks the goods,great future ahead of him hopefully

  • michael on November 5, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    Regarding the next warm up in Ahmedabad which is also the same venue for the first test I think England would be smart in playing a five man attack with two spinners. Although they won't be playing on the same track I cant imagine them being dissimilar in how they play. If England play Swann and Panesar with Anderson, Bresnan and Onions they can then get a good idea of the combination they would need to play in the tests. 2 and 2 or 3 and 1, with Patel to back up.

  • michael on November 5, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Bairstow for Bell is a must now. Bell looks in horrible nick and was lucky to get any runs at all after being dropped. If England ignore Bairstow they will be commiting the same cardinal sin as they did last summer when they ignored Onions who was in the form of his life. Players must be picked on CURRENT form not past exploits. Unless the wicket is an absolute road then I can't see Monty playing, Patel has shown enough with the ball to be considered as an all-rounder. As for the opening slot I think Compton did enough and Root probably won't play in the next warm up. We wont exactly be getting off to any flyers but a good solid opening partnership will do just fine.

  • ajith on November 5, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    @GerrardUK, that is fine then, England will not need to follow on.

  • John on November 5, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    @Charlie101 on (November 05 2012, 10:21 AM GMT) Don't think they will go Swann/Monty and with our pacemen's injury record , going in with just 2 would be asking for trouble so they should only do that as part of a 5/1/5 formation which they won't do.The one good thing is that Patel has shown some form with the bat. My fear is that he'd be a bits and pieces player who contributed little with bat or ball - which of course he still might when it comes to the tests

  • Shitij on November 5, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    @Pappu_bhai I don't agree with you, i think the fear is because of the destructive Rohit sharma and not Yuvraj. Since the most technical and fearsome batsman is not selected, Finn and Broad will be fit for the series.

  • Tom on November 5, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Good, as an Englishman you might expect me to be upset by this news, not even close! I hope he's out of the series. It might make the selectors realise their gross error of judgement in having him in the test team to start with, let alone apparently having him next cab on the rank for England Test Captancy too! That is an outrage, he is not a captain, never should be, hopefully never will be

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