England in India 2012-13 December 13, 2012

Broad ruled out of T20 series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Stuart Broad, England's Twenty20 captain, has been ruled out of the two-match T20 international series against India and will fly home to the UK along with Steven Finn. Broad had suffered a recurrence of the heel problem picked up earlier on the tour, while Finn strained a disc in his back during the third Test. Eoin Morgan will lead the T20I side in Broad's absence.

Middlesex seamer James Harris, a member of the England Performance Programme (EPP) squad currently in Pune, where the first T20I will be played on December 20, has been added to the squad in place of Broad. Finn was not included in the original squad, as part of the ECB's move towards a rotation policy.

While Finn is expected to be fit for the ODI series in January, Broad has been prescribed a period of rest and rehabilitation. He has broken down at various point in the last two years, missing Test matches in Australia and Sri Lanka, as well as the 2011 limited-overs series in India. Broad was also rested for the third West Indies Test and the one-dayers against South Africa during the summer, before leading England at the World Twenty20.

One of the few England players involved in all three formats, the workload appears to have taken increasing toll on Broad's body, not to mention his form, with his pace having dropped noticeably. He lost his place to Finn for the third Test against India in Kolkata, before a bruised heel prevented any chance of participation in Nagpur. Broad was due to return to India after the third ODI, replacing James Anderson, but his participation in the series is now in doubt.

Harris, who is uncapped but a regular with the Lions, joins Tim Bresnan, Jade Dernbach and Stuart Meaker as England's seamers for the T20I series. The squad had already been lightened by the decision to rest Finn, Graeme Swann and Kevin Pietersen, while Andy Flower, Graham Gooch and Phil Neale are among members of the team management also returning home after the conclusion of the fourth Test.

Fielding coach Richard Halsall will be left in charge, with Ashley Giles taking the reins as England's new limited-overs coach in January. The first T20I will take place next Thursday, with the teams heading to Mumbai for the second match on December 22.

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  • Jon on December 14, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    God our T20 side is complete rubbish. Oh well who cares about circus stuff. As long as we win the test series I couldn't care less if we don't win another game. Just like in the PAK series last year. The only thing that comes to mind about the UAE tour was our resounding defeats in the tests. It barely registers that we actually won 4-0 in ODI series and 2-1 in the T2O's. Those results were meaningless to me.

  • Rohan on December 14, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Well well, even the mighty England can't keep their fast bowlers on the pitch eh?!! The mud pies you clownish Pommy fans slung at Australia for their "chocolate soldiers" are coming right back at you! IN THE FACE!!!

  • John on December 14, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    @Munkeymomo on (December 14 2012, 10:34 AM GMT) I'm not necessarily saying Jos is a bad boundary fielder but just that I think Jonny is better and Jos is definitely a better WK from what I've seen of both. Prior isn't there so it has to be Jos or Jonny keeping wicket

  • Mark on December 14, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    @JG: Jos is a fantastic boundary fielder, Prior should keep and then you can have Jos and JB fielding on the boundary.

  • Sanga on December 14, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    this is the best news for English cricket.. Blessings in disguise mates

  • John on December 13, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    Expect our side to get well beaten in both the ODI series and the T20s. IMO our best 2 players of these formats are KP and Swann and I believe both are being rested for this T20 series which seems fair enough re Swann who we want to preserve his test career but it seems a shame all round re KP who has played the least cricket of all our batsmen in the latter part of the year. Also disappointed Wright isn't also in our ODI squad as he was by far our best batsman in the T20WC and is doing ok in the Oz big bash. Also hope Jos keeps wicket - he is a better WK and Jonny a better boundary fielder IMO

  • Jay on December 13, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    Enjoy a long Christmas break Stuart... you were simply not good in this series.

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Broad is not injured, He is not good in sub-continent hence he was returned back. That is the truth. I am still ! how could he be captain for a T20 team. He is not even a regular member.

  • Josh on December 13, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Broad shouldn't even be skip, he is one our best bowlers but I don't get how a guy who throws toys out of his pram frequently can get the skip's job unless maybe he's the just golden boy in the ECB's eyes. Swann, Morgan or even Bell going on recent one-day form should have been skip of the T20 side.

  • Geoffrey on December 13, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Who cares? It's only T20. That is the reason why half the touring party is leaving after the fourth test.

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