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November 5, 2012
Stuart Broad did not bowl on the final day of England's warm-up match against Mumbai A after scans showed bruising to his left heel. Broad, captaining the side, was able to field but is not expected to play in the four-day match against Haryana, starting on Thursday, raising questions about his fitness for the first Test.
Broad has only bowled ten overs on tour so far, having been rested for England's opening match. With the first of four Tests against India in five weeks due to begin in Ahmedabad on November 15, that represents far from ideal preparation for Alastair Cook's new vice-captain and opening bowler.
England have already had to deal with an injury to Steven Finn, which prompted Stuart Meaker's call-up to the tour party. Tim Bresnan, who took four wickets against India A last week, and Graham Onions are the other fast bowlers in the squad.
Broad was sent for a scan on Sunday after experiencing discomfort during a long day in the field. The outcome was that he has bruised the joint, but nothing more serious. He was, however, unable to take the new ball on Monday morning - Onions doing so instead, in partnership with James Anderson. Onions had Mumbai's top-scorer, Hiken Shah, caught behind for 92 to give him figures of 2 for 57 in the match.
An ECB statement said: "Scans show Broad has a bruised left heel. He is fit to field but won't bowl today. Progress will be monitored over next couple of days." Meaker, meanwhile, is set to join up with England on Tuesday after receiving his Indian visa.
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