England in India 2012-13

Broad suffers recurrence of heel injury

George Dobell

December 11, 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.

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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!

Posted by timohyj on (December 12, 2012, 4:02 GMT)

this is bad for india. Broad specialises in bowling the juciest half volleys i have ever seen

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 12, 2012, 2:54 GMT)

Stuart Broad seems to be the England player that non-England fans to love to hate. We're forever seeing comments about him being a cry-baby and the like but exactly what are these opinions based on? Broad may have been a bit chatty when he was younger but then many fast bowlers are. He hasn't done anything out of the ordinary on that front for quite some time. I certainly can't accept such criticism from an Australian fan who doesn't admit that James Pattinson is exactly the same. Accusations of Broad over-rating himself now are just cheap shots and not based on any facts. The fact is that Broad is a talented player and his record proves it. He's not doing to well right now and has been deservedly dropped but I have no doubt that he will deservedly be back at some point. His recent poor showings look to be at least partly injury-related so, like some others, I hope that he's given sufficient time away to get over everything and come back at full power.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 2:49 GMT)

The 20 over a side or 5 over a side games or whatever should be music in the ears of many a pretty boy in the present Indian cricket team. Gifted with a dummy selection committee, a good performance in these games should enable them to hold on to their places in the Test team, which is the extent of their skills.

Posted by RandyOZ on (December 11, 2012, 23:32 GMT)

Up there with Swann and Bell in terms of media hubris fa exceeding talent. Was cated around in the Ashes and will be again next year.

Posted by tommyb1234 on (December 11, 2012, 22:35 GMT)

@Trickstar - You are right I do not particularly like his attitude. Things like his appeals for lbw that demonstrate no knowledge of the lbw laws, sulking around when things aren't going his way shows petulance, failure to respect the umpires decisions and a potential disrespect for some of his peers, most notably KP. I am giving my opinion that he may have become complacent having been given so much for what again in my opinion he hasn't earned yet. He is not ready for captaincy or vice captaincy. He is a match winner very occasionally and by no means consistently. His place in all squads on current form is questionable. What about Prior? I'd say he was certainly fit for England test vice captaincy if there is no obvious long term successor to Cook, which I believe there isn't at the moment. Prior is in far better position to lead the team should Cook get injured. A break may help him to mature and get a bit of perspective and if so, everyone's a winner

Posted by xylo on (December 11, 2012, 21:16 GMT)

So, I am supposed to believe that this injury is not feigned because of the prospect of playing in not-so-home conditions?

Posted by Chesty-la-roux on (December 11, 2012, 20:28 GMT)

It's a shame to see Broads career coming to an end in the same manner as Mark Butchers. Although Butcher did deserve the chance to go out on his own terms I am not sure Broad has ever done much to merit that level of respect.

Posted by JustIPL on (December 11, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

Certainly, if india win toss yet again and survive the first day then they might get hold of england otherwise we will see a three days test match. As far as Braod is concerned England dont have to use their ace bowlers as will give their bench strength a go to use it as practice match rather taking it seriously.

Posted by bumsonseats on (December 11, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

si they will look no further than the test captain i suppose, a good cricketer is a good cricketer in any format.

Posted by valvolux on (December 11, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

@lugman what planet are you on? In Australia he averaged about 80 with the ball and his injury, which brought the introduction of tremlett, was the single reason england won the ashes. Also look at his series against Australia at home....he averaged about 60 with the ball for the first 4/ tests (should've been dropped) only to redeem himself when the clouds rolled in for *one* spell in the 5th test. Look at his series against south Africa - he averaged over 100 until the series was over already and got a few consolation wickets in the 3rd test. Let's remember he's had *one* good series in his entire career - against India. The same Indian batting lineup that even saddle and hilfenhaus tore to shreds a few months later in far less bowler friendly conditions. And his one century? That came in a series that was dogged by match fixing. For me, his career should be finished. England is a FAR better team without him. If you bring him to the ashes great, he is cannon fodder.

Posted by JG2704 on (December 11, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

@Al Minidodo Warming on (December 11 2012, 07:59 AM GMT) The only way Broad and Harb are linked is that both were very ineffective in the tests the played. Strange comms there innit

Posted by JG2704 on (December 11, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

@simon_w on (December 11 2012, 14:33 PM GMT) Think you're probably right. I think maybe our selectors either overrate Broad or underrate the back up bowlers. I find it hard to imagine Broad is going at full pelt when training and then eases down when he gets on the field

@Trickstar on (December 11 2012, 13:33 PM GMT) - Fully agree there. He probably isn't good enough to lead the T20 side at the moment and his form is not that great either but I certainly wouldn't question his attitude

Posted by Dhanno on (December 11, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

good god another prediction comes true. "The flower of english team will wither". Well here we go, broad is down. Does not matter in bigger scheme of things. But then it was one of pre-series predictions others being cook will cook up few centuries (oh boy and did he!), bell will fail and Trott will make good amount of runs (that didnt happen but there is one more test). England can take series 2-1 but seems that will 3-1 now. Yuvi/ Dhoni were earmarked for failure. Tendulkar I gave him one score of 80, so I expect him to miss out in nagpur now. Sehwag/ Gambhir avg will be low 30s by end of series (need to check how am doing on that count).

Posted by mikey76 on (December 11, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

Send him home to recover and don't even think about selecting him until he has proven himself in championship cricket in May. He needs to get his pace back and most importantly his confidence. When he is firing and bristling with intent he is a fine player. I'm not one of those calling for his head, he just needs to go back to Notts with a clean bill of health and start from scratch, his best years are still to come. Anybody with the ability to take five wickets in an innings and follow it up with a century is like gold dust.

Posted by emmersonne on (December 11, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

Well that makes the captaincy sticky - I can't see them asking KP or Swann to "unrest" themselves, Cook's not in the side, neither is Prior. Who does that leave? Morgan?

Posted by getsetgopk on (December 11, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

@Trickstar: Well said, i never heard SB talking himself up either, he's humble as it gets for his age and achievements and conducts himself well on and off the field, tommy must have some non cricketing issues with Broady. Since the injury, he has lost his intensity and thats quite visible, he can use a proper rest and restore some energy, he'll be as good as new!

Posted by Selassie-I on (December 11, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

Be good for him just to go home and spend some time resting and in the gym to build his pace and hunger back up again.

Now the BCCI won't even let the groundsmen speak to the press!! this is incredible.. look at it the other way, with the Ashes comign up and all the Aussies are allowed to come over to England and play for county sides, a far cry from the BCCI's approach and certainly will help to provide an excellent series.(Although looking at the Aussies at the moment, they need all the help they can get!)

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

@Roger_Allott : great to see others have similar thoughts about eliminating or reducing the undue impact of the toss on the outcome of a match. Giving a visiting captain the choice to bat or field first in every match is one suggestion. Another option would be for each captain to have the choice for 50% of the matches in an even numbered series (2 or 4), with only the extra match decided by the toss in an odd numbered (3 or 5 match) series. The visiting captain could have the choice of which of the 50% matches he wants the choice for.

Posted by Charlie101 on (December 11, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

Would love to know how long he has been carrying this injury and if it is a question of poor management or SB just wanting to play . I can understand any sportman in any sport wanting to play when slightly injured and also backing themselves to do a good job but David Saker must have noticed the loss of zip and should have got to the bottom of it.

I think it is a shame that KP is not playing in the 20/20 as the Indian crowds love him and it would have added some spice to the games. Perhaps with SB going home KP may be included in the side as I feel it is important for England to have a successful tour in all formats in the subcontinent.

Posted by Puffin on (December 11, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

A blessing in disguise. For him and England.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

Like others here, I can't help thinking that Broad's early return to England is best for all concerned. He's clearly lost two or three yards of pace over the past year or so, something which simply *has* to be addressed if he's to be a functional part of our Ashes attack. More importantly, an early return will also allow a new T20 captain (like Luqman, I favour KP, but I'd be equally happy with either Morgan or Cook) to be installed without either Broad or Andy Flower losing face over what has proved to be a disastrous appointment.

Posted by simon_w on (December 11, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

if Broad has been carrying this injury for a while, and if its the reason why his performances have been below par, then something's gone seriously wrong somewhere, imo. you can't go in to a Test match with a front-line bowler who is unable to perform to the best of his ability. either the management have made a bad call, or Broad hasn't been 100% honest with them about his own fitness. either is a worry.

Posted by bumsonseats on (December 11, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

roger when the aussies /england toured SL i said similar to what you stated. it takes the home team making the kind of pitch that the asian teams do. it would have problems to make that work, and difficult to do. SL were warned and the england test pitchs were not as bad, the wicket the aussies had for the 1st test was a bad one. for england to be ahead after 3 tests shows just how well they have played. we know what india want. funny the icc never seem to have any problems with captains and even players demanding whats required or boards for they are the most culpable but dont wait for that to happen

Posted by Trickstar on (December 11, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

@tommyb1234 I'm no Broad fan but how exactly does he think himself a superstar way before his time, what's that even supposed to mean, I've never heard him talk himself up as a player, he doesn't act like he's the best player in the world strutting around the pitch or anything like that, so I haven't a clue where you're coming from, maybe you don't like his personality but that's different .Sounds like you've got some a problem with the bloke non cricket related if you think he hasn't a great future ahead of him if he can keep fit, he's obviously been poorly managed since he got injured earlier this year but before that he'd taken 50 wickets @ 17 and had great series against India at home and Pakistan in the UAE and then got injured again against SL and since then he's not been anything like as effective as he was before. The one thing I do agree with you on is that he shouldn't have been made T20 captain, bowlers very rarely make good captains imo especially fiery fast bowlers.

Posted by Roger_Allott on (December 11, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

I have no problem with the home association preparing pitches however they want to (within ICC sporting & safety guidelines), but I'd like to see visiting captains always getting the decision as to whether to bat or field first. That seems to me to be a fair balance.

Posted by Akshita29 on (December 11, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

I hope Cook can win the toss and put our pathetic Indian team out of the match with a big 1st Innings score . Then only we could see a change of attitude from BCCI towards test cricket. England has been very determined and even a 2-2 should b a great achievment for cook as captain in his 1st tour although it would most likely be 3-1 .

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

In Australia and UAE SB made significant contributions to a successful bowling unit, but present niggles and a fear of future ones is probably the reason he lost his speed and effectiveness over the summer in England. However, his appointment as T20 captain was a mistake. Although he is being rested in December, Kevin Petersen is the logical and obvious choice for T20 captain for the next 3 years, unless he has specifically asked not to be captain. He ticks all the boxes for experience, performance, cricketing brain, preference for T20 format, and recent "integration" back in the England set up. Seeing SB given the T20 captaincy last year, despite KP's greater suitability for the job, was surely one of the main rankles that led to the summer showdown with ECB, along with the obligation to play all three formats. The texting and objection to the twitter site was a symptom, not the cause.

Posted by Long-Leg on (December 11, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

@CricketingStargazer: I agree with you mate. this is now the perfect opportunity to send Broad home. He is very talented, but was poor against South Africa and has been poor against India. I firmly believe he can be a match winner again, but for now he needs to go home, do some work in the gym, get fit and strong and play a bit of county cricket in the spring. Hopefully he will hit form again when the Aussies visit in the summer. Give the T20 captaincy to someone else. Who cares about T20 anyway.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

I think there needs to be a different approach to the likes of SB. Clearly a talented player, but his bowling seems to lost its zip, suggesting he needs rest, and his batting has gone down hill suggesting he needs some ti,me in CC.

Maybe a winter off bowling, and a winter batting in Aus/SA would help?

Posted by Harlequin. on (December 11, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

@tommyb1234 - hahaha, spot on!! 'thinks of himself as a superstar way before his time' = well said sir.

Posted by vish57 on (December 11, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

Preparing pitch to tailor to home team is at par with match fixing. Cricket is not being played as sport in India by the captain and BCCI. Shame to fix a win using pitch instead of money. For the future of Indian cricket, it is better if India do not win in Nagpur so that radical changes can happen and new bunch of players can emerge like Dravid/Ganguly in 1996 followed by Laxman later year. God like cricketer can take the role of batting coach so that the commercial endorsements can continue for ever.

Posted by JG2704 on (December 11, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

Have to say I feel genuinely sorry for Broad. He seems so injury prone and I think he holds back much of the time these days for fear of a reccurance to the injury which in turn makes him less effective. IMO he needs a long break from the game - The whole of this winter for sure and maybe beyond.Re captaincy of the T20 side , Morgan has been mentioned. TBH he doesn't seem like a captain to me. I think Swann would be our best captain but he's not out their either.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (December 11, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

Oh, well we might have a chance of winning them then.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (December 11, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

This is one lame pigeon that was bound to come home roost! Stuart Broad (as I've just commented elsewhere) has been poorly managed of late. This heel injury he's been carrying for a while now & that has significantly reduced his effectiveness. In hindsight (yes, I know that's a form of cheating) he should not have played & played throughout the summer & his selection for Ahmedabad (in place of Monty) has been THE worst selection that England has made on this current tour. In fact, it's probably the only blemish on what has been a triumphant progress after what I call The Learning Test first up. Here, I'm forced to repeat myself: there has been a collective managerial blind-spot re: SB's selection for every international match. Capt too in ODI/T20 formats! Now, his injury has forced a reassessment, but it should be regarded as an exemplar. Quick bowlers are ill-suited to swapping from format to TC. Early in a career identify the better option for every bowler & get the best from each.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

I agree with all the comments about Broad - give him the rest of the winter off, clear all those injuries and come back fighting fit and raring to go ready for the Ashes. At his best he is a world class seam bowler and England want him back at his best.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (December 11, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

Maybe this will be a good excuse to give him the rest of the winter off. Graeme Onions is a suitable replacement in New Zealand. Tell Stuart Broad to take a break, get fit and come back in May refreshed and ready to give the summer visitors a hard time.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

Broad may not be successful in Indian conditions as a bowler.so,this is not a major blow for England.He is not a good captain at all.This is a chance for England to test a new captain.

Posted by tommyb1234 on (December 11, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

@getsetgopk - every time someone says something like this I imagine Stuart Broad himself has logged in under an alter ego and typed it. He needs to improve considerably in my eyes if he is to have a 'great future ahead of him'. You can count his significant contributions on one hand since his career began in the Test side. Absolutely astounded he is a captain of T20 and Vice Test Captain. He's had everything far too easy from the ECB and thinks of himself as a superstar way before his time. The reality check may last for a year or so but I hope that it does him a favour and he does reach the potential a few claim he will, as that would only be good for England.

Posted by PrasPunter on (December 11, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

"The curator has been asked by the BCCI not to talk to the media, ". oh what else bcci ? first the trash-talk from its players about a revenge at home, then the tussle with the Eden Gardens curator. And there is the always the things about DRS, to boot. The more you try with these antics, better seems to be England's response. Keep it up. Looking for a 1-3 thrashing. Good Luck Eng !!

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

Broad is England's Harbhajan, innit ?

Posted by getsetgopk on (December 11, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

Stuart Broad is a top class player, has performed well and blossomed during the India tour of England. He's had a drop in his pace which maybe because he's concious of his heel injury problems perhaps but what ever it is there seems to be some problem with his fitness. He didn't look himself in the rest matches but non should be mistaken about his ability. A very versatile player and has a great future ahead of him. He'll be back to form and fitness in no time.

Posted by yoogi on (December 11, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

To me it appears it is because of him carrying injury that he couldnt perform well in this series. But only he knows. Now that he is off the time, he decided to come out in open and gets the necessary treatment/rest to recover fully.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

Ya! Morgan gonna be new captain!!!

Posted by roflrofl60 on (December 11, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

Yes! Thank God. Broad has more horrid so far.

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