Mumbai A v England XI, Mumbai, 3rd day November 5, 2012

Broad suffers bruising to heel

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • John on November 7, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    @ InsideHedge on (November 05 2012, 14:50 PM GMT) and what makes you think that your opinions are worth more than those who put down what their team would be? Please publish this time. If it's ok for a person to post such comms in the 1st place then you should also publish responses

  • Rayner on November 6, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Blessing in disguise? If he bowles anything like he was against SA then it will be if he misses the whole series. @mikey76 - I'd disagree, while Bell's not in sublime form that he was last year, he still nearly helped us draw at Lords batting for nearly 5 hours, and was far from the worst bat in the series, had one of his innins n.o. & performed great coming in at opener in the ODIs... I really don't think he warrents being dropped, but I guess he's always one of these players like KP that people always seem to want dropped. He is one of our players who gets the tough runs at the moment.

  • michael on November 6, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    Jim, agree with everything except Bell. He's just not in good enough form to justify selection. Bairstow must start, he's in great touch and is aggressive. With Cook, Compton and Trott in the line up we need some aggressive stroke makers in the side.

  • Dummy4 on November 5, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    Patel needs to play -- he has done nothing wrong in his warmup games and has delivered everything he was asked to. May well be a better foil for Swann than Monty anyway. Broad should be rested to get his heel right and his pace back. My 11: Cook, Compton, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Patel, Prior, Bresnan, Swann, Anderson, Onions.

  • Charles on November 5, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Assuming Monty plays as the second spinner then we should pick the best batting number 6 between Bairstow and Patel . We need KP and Trott to bowl a few overs if they go with Bairstow but it will certainly help the fielding if he plays. Patel will then get his chance when Bell goes home for paternity leave.

  • Sanjay on November 5, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Nobody cares what you guys think. Always laugh when ppl leave comments staring with "My line up...".

  • Peter on November 5, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    @CricketMaan You are a man of few letters! :-)

  • Samuel on November 5, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Buckers - I've said it before, I'll say it again. It took years for us to sort out the no.3 position, so why on Earth move the man who has made it his own away from it, thereby making one of the batting line-up's strengths its weakness? If anyone from the middle order moves up, it should be Bell - can't start against spin, can barely play spin in the subcontinent full stop, so let him face the seamers and use the new ball to his advantage, which is his sweet timing. That said, I'd be playing Compton; the runs today will have settled him, he was just applying far too much pressure on himself. Bairstow comes in when Bell leaves for the second Test, assuming Patel is starting the series at no.6.

  • Simon on November 5, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Cook, Compton, Trott, KP, Bell are certs for 1-5. I'd give Patel 6 with Prior obviously at 7. Bresnan is the best pace bowling all-rounder in the squad (regardless of broads fitness), leaving Swann, Anderson and Onions to round out the XI. I'd rather Finn for Bresnan but even so that's a mighty fine attack.

  • Brendan on November 5, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    If he is out that leaves a short bowling attack, but team should be; 1.Cook (c) 2.Trott 3.Bell 4.K Pietersen 5.Patel 6.Bairstow/Root 7.Prior (wk) 8. Swann 9.Bresnan 10.Anderson 11.Panesar. Trott would open depending on how he plays spin. He knows how to handle quicks and Khan and Yadav/Sharma will bowl the first 8 overs then Ashwin and Ojha spin their magic. If Trott can handle spin, he will handle opening. Bell can also play spin (except Ajmal, but everyone struggled against him) KP would struggle against Ojha buit would flurrish against everyone else. I could see Root batting at six for opening test but Bairstow just scored that century against Mumbai A so he would prbably get the nod. Pansar would also come back in cause he going alright in county cricket and Samit Patel, GS, and him could take all ten wickets if they wanted to. S Patel would go good at 5. He gets time to play his natural game. He came in at 7 in SL where he slog can bat at 5 and still bowl. With time he score 100.

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