England in India 2012-13 January 15, 2013

England admit Broad injury concerns

ESPNcricinfo staff

The England national selector, Geoff Miller, has admitted there are concerns over the fitness of Stuart Broad, England's Twenty20 captain, and that a time may come when he cannot be part of the side in all three formats of the game.

Broad, who flew home early from the Test series in India with a heel problem, is due to link up with the England squad ahead of the final two one-day internationals, but is considered unlikely to play either of those matches. A more realistic target for his return is the Twenty20 series in New Zealand, which starts on February 9.

That, however, is admittance that Broad's recovery from the heel problem that plagued him during the Test series in India has not gone as smoothly as hoped. Broad is visiting a kit specialist in Germany this week to be fitted with customised boots aimed to alleviate the problem on his left heel, which takes the brunt of the force during his delivery stride.

"The concern is that there have been two or three niggles that have affected his form and availability," Miller told reporters in India. "Anybody with an injury is a concern to us and we've got to manage workloads as best as we can, that's why we're continually looking at other players. We will look at it and make sure he's used in the best possible way for English cricket. He knows that."

The rotation of players during a packed international schedule is now a major talking point, particularly in Australia, and England are currently using such a system during the one-day series in India, with James Anderson and Jonathan Trott also rested. It is likely, too, that certain key players will be given periods off during the upcoming home-and-away Test series against New Zealand.

However, ruling a player out of a format completely, unless that is a decision taken by the player concerned, is a drastic option and one that Miller hoped Broad will not have to contemplate.

"At this moment of time we're not thinking about taking him out of a format because he's got that sort of quality, but if we reached the stage where his body wasn't responding to all kinds of cricket then we're open to that."

Although Broad finished 2012 as the fourth-highest Test wicket-taker among quick bowlers, with 40 wickets at 31.70, his form tailed off in the second half of the year against South Africa and India. He had earlier been rested from the one-day series against South Africa, led England at the World Twenty20 before picking up his heel injury during the warm-up matches in India. The problem then reoccurred towards the end of the tour.

Broad's injury problems began in Australia during the 2010-11 Ashes, when a strained stomach muscle sustained in Adelaide forced him home early. He then suffered a rib injury during the World Cup, which again ended his participation early, and then picked up a shoulder injury late in the 2011 home season.

"What we have to do is react to the injury that he has at any one time," Miller said. "He felt, and we felt, that he had to look after his body so he went away and worked really hard at that. Since then there have been a few niggling injuries, but anybody can get them."

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  • Srinivas on January 17, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Broad went down from mid to high 140s to high 120s to low 130s. He should have come out clean and informed the authorities that he has an injury. No harm in saying that and getting the necessary treatment and rehabilitation.

  • Randolph on January 17, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    The problwem with Broad is he has never been and never will be world class.

  • Harmon on January 17, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    @mzm149: Much of your comment did not make much sense. What are you talking about? Whatever your logic is, Pak won the WC in 92 and Ind defeated Pak in that WC too - happy now? Ind won the WC in 2011 and Ind defeated Pak in that WC too - happy now? Ind won the T20 WC in 2007 and Ind defeated Pak there too - TWICE.

    So even after your attempt to subtract some of these matches India still leads 4-0.

    And in any case, however you may try a WC win is a WC win and will never go below the win Ind or Pak may have in a bilateral series. Therefore, by your own argument, this recent 2-1 win of Pak does not matter at all......

  • Muhammad on January 17, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    @Harmony111 - A head-to-head match in world cup is more important than other ODI only when one of the two teams lifts the cup as there are other 8~9 teams competing too. Otherwise this match is like any other ODI played any other day. This means that only 2011 world cup semi final win carries most weight for India.

    Lets include those matches in the list as well in which India reached ahead of Pakistan in world cup stages i.e. 1996 and 2003.

    Now you must admit that 1992 and 1999 wins are of equal significance to India as the first 2 ODIs are to Pakistan in recently concluded India-Pak series.

  • Harmon on January 17, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    @mzm149: You though you would use my own argument on me? It won't work dude. WC comes once in 4 years. There is no way Pak can do it faster and that too if Ind were to lose all its WC matches to Pak in the next few WCs. As for head to head, that is the only thing Pak can use to feel good with regards to Ind. You can keep it this way dude. if you want to. You win a few of the in-between matches while we win the big ones. And who knows, there may be an Ind-Pak 5 match ODI series in 2013. A well prepared fresh Ind team will beat you ppl 7-0 in a 5 match series.

  • Ian on January 17, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    I have had this exact injury from bowling too - in my case the bruising turned out to be a stress fracture of the hel which meant missing a whole season in my early 20s (a long time ago). Ever since, I have used silicon rubber inserts as used by marathon runners in my cricket boots, and had no further problems. Hope something like this works for Stuart Broad as we are looking forward to seeing him play in NZ next month.

  • Harmon on January 17, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    @SirViv1973: So you call our comments as "Petty" and then were I to respond to you in a similar manner then you would call me rude and uncivil. So far you were not even in the picture but you chose to come in with a comment like this calling our conversation petty? Mister, if you got a problem with our comments why do you read them? Just don't read them. I couldn't be bothered with what you think is petty or not but I do find it a bit patronizing on your part to tell us what to talk about and where.

  • shashwata on January 17, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Don't think Broady would make much of an impact in India anyway ,atleast not like Jimmy would have had he not been rested.But still England may be better with him than without him.He is a decent batsman and a very good bowler ,but probably not in these conditions.However, he would be much better than Bresnan.

  • Dean on January 16, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    @mzm, couterstrike & Harmony, Please take your petty Squabbling back to the Ind/Pak Boards. What you are arguing over has nothing to do with Stuart Broad's current injury problems or his future role within the Eng team!

  • Muhammad on January 16, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    @ Harmony111 - How long will it take India to level overall ODI record of 71-49 against Pakistan (22 wins)? Considering the current form of India and frequency of matches played between the two teams it will be above 23 years.