England in India 2012-13

England admit Broad injury concerns

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January 15, 2013

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Stuart Broad got through ten overs but suffered a heel problem, Mumbai A v England XI, 2nd day, Mumbai, November 4, 2012
Stuart Broad went wicketless in his two Tests against India in December © Getty Images
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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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Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist 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.

Posted by RandyOZ on (January 17, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

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

Posted by Harmony111 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......

Posted by mzm149 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.

Posted by Harmony111 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.

Posted by iangnz 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.

Posted by Harmony111 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.

Posted by cric_J 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.

Posted by SirViv1973 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!

Posted by mzm149 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.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 16, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

@mzm149: Err, sorry dear but what matters most is 8-0 that Ind has done to Pak in WCs. That is 5-0 in ODI WCs and 3-0 in T20 WCs (or WT20 if you are pedantic).

5-0 is such a huge lead that by most means it will be 2035 at least before Pak can even draw level there (i.e if Ind lose all the WC matches to Pak till 2035).

2035 is 23 years away .... Imagine. Ind has a 23 years lead over Pak in WCs.

You can cry and shout and jump as much as you want but you would have to better than this for the next 23 yrs JUST TO DRAW LEVEL TO IND IN WCs...

This 8-0, my dear, is WHAT MATTERS MOST, not a hurriedly org ODI series where you played a tired Ind team

Posted by SirViv1973 on (January 16, 2013, 19:59 GMT)

I think Broad is a player who divides opinion on theses pages like few others can. Many seem to think he is overated & shouldn't be in the team full stop others think he should be an automatic choice, I tend to think the latter. Fully fit and at his best I would rate him in the top 5 or 6 fast bowlers in test cricket. His stats are not outstanding as he struggled initially particularly in the WI in 09 on some very flat pitches & then after he finally made his breakthrough during the 09 ashes series he went through that phase where he wanted to be the enforcer, which he clearly isn't. Once he went back to basics & started pitching the ball up more he was outstanding particularly against in Ind in 11 & before he got injured in the UAE last yr. I think he has been carrying an injury ever since & thats why he has struggled. IMO Eng need him fit for the ashes where he would be a huge asset. A fit trio of Anderson,Broad & Finn will out bowl whatever seam battery Aus bring.

Posted by mzm149 on (January 16, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

@ counterstrike1.6 - Pakistan won series against street level bowling attack. This is what matters most.

Posted by glancedream on (January 16, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

what is your kind of pitches and mine kinda , every players of the two team has to play on the same wicket whether it is flat or turning so guess no one is perfect. the team which plays good cricket on that day wins matches. how could england can tumble on 2nd one day (lost by 120 odd runs) if pitches are flat coz according to some people indian team doesnot have good bowlers as well.

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (January 16, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

A more accurate title would read "England admits Broad talent/application/hard-work-eithic/petulance (cross where necessary) concerns. Injuries are the least of his worries.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (January 16, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

@ mzm149 - And Pak batsmen can't even perform on so-called flat tracks. Except Jamshed no one seemed to know what batting was all about. Once he got out early. Pak looked like playing gali-Cricket.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (January 16, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

@ RednWhiteArmy on (January 16 2013, 09:37 AM GMT) nice come back... you could register as a reader of the Front foot lunge blog pages.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 16, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

@landl47: Is this article about Tests? Isn't it about Broad's injury and his work management? Then how do you question Cpt.Meanster's comment here?

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (January 16, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

@rickyvoncanterbury What are you on about? He's talking sence, deal with it.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (January 16, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

@ TommytuckerSaffa on (January 16 2013, 09:03 AM GMT) good to see another saffer after an English contract, with dribble like that you could get a contract with the news of the world.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (January 16, 2013, 9:03 GMT)

England and South Africa are head and shoulders the top 2 team in world cricket. To maintain this, England need to rest Broad and spare him from mindless ODI series or Pyjama cricket (T20). I am convinced that Broad was carrying some of these injuries and niggles when SA toured England.

Posted by mzm149 on (January 16, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

@counterstrike1.6 - Exactly that is my point. If the pitches were supporting both spin and seam why didn't your bowlers get anything out of them except Bhuwaneshwar (who got exposed on flat pitch in 2nd T20 and seaming pitch in second ODI). Well I remember Yuvraj's consecutive sixers but I also remember 3 consecutive centuries of Nasir Jamshed against India and Shoaib Malik's match winning shots. That's strange that all Indian batsmen are going through the worst phase of their life at the same time. The fact is that they only perform at flat pitches.

Posted by anver777 on (January 16, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

Broad's injury is also a major concern for back to back Ashes series.... his efforts in the past Ashes has been good & should be 100% fit before that !!!!

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (January 16, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

@ mzm149 - All the pitches in Ind-Pak series were assisting fast bowlers and spinners both, except the one used in 2nd t-20 and in that very match, pak bowling got exposed. And I have heard that Yuvi even hit Ajmal for 3 consecutive SIXES. Is this true ? Ind batsmen are going through the worst phase of their life. there is no greatness in kicking someone who is already down that too on pitches that suit your kind of bowling.

Posted by landl47 on (January 16, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

@Cpt. Meanster: You've said repeatedly that you don't like test cricket, but you're on here commenting on it all the time. I'd love England to play nothing but tests, but life isn't like that. Since we have 3 formats, England will play 3 formats. So will India and all the others. However, that doesn't mean we must like them all equally. England v. Australia for the Ashes has always been the pinnacle for all England fans and will continue to be.

Posted by landl47 on (January 16, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

@Narkovian: Broad has been around for so long that it's difficult sometimes to remember that he is only 26. That's an age when he should be just coming in to test cricket. When he's fit and bowling well he's a handful for anybody. Consistency is something he lacks, but so did Jimmy Anderson until he was about the age Broad is now. If he's managed properly, he can still be a very good test bowler.

I agree about his batting, which is mystifying. Against Pakistan in 2010 and India in 2011 he looked to be becoming a genuine all-rounder. Now he seems to have trouble picking up the ball and is playing very diffidently. It's almost as though he's not seeing it all that well, though I can't imagine his eyesight wouldn't have been checked on a regular basis.

Posted by zenboomerang on (January 16, 2013, 2:28 GMT)

May be repeating myself, but Broad should never have been made T20 captain nor do I think he should play in that format... With the amount of multi-format cricket being played, bowlers cannot get the required core strength built up before Test series - time for bowling squads to become specialised and/or the ICC needs to unscramble the current mess of tournaments that are becoming meaningless...

Posted by sando31 on (January 16, 2013, 2:02 GMT)

except for the odd innings in eng, broad is a pathetic bowler with a poor overseas record. Jimmy Anderson and a fit chris tremlett are the only decent fast bowlers the poms have got

Posted by Chris_P on (January 15, 2013, 23:25 GMT)

@landl47. You posted this before I could. For you guys, it is a far better plan to get him fit for the real cricket rather than a meaningless one day series. @Cpt.Meanster. They play these games simply for the revenue. @Lwazi Ntloko. Couldn't have said it better myself.

Posted by DeathKnell on (January 15, 2013, 21:55 GMT)

@ hhillbumper on (January 15 2013, 21:13 PM GMT) - that was one great couplet from you.. absolutely loved it...

Posted by dollygrave on (January 15, 2013, 21:32 GMT)

@nutcutlet...completely agree about a separate pool of Test-level bowlers. Why risk injury in the other formats and not be available for important matches.

Posted by hhillbumper on (January 15, 2013, 21:13 GMT)

he needs to play some first class cricket and get some form back. Hopefully he will be ready for the real challenge of the summer.New Zealand

Posted by mzm149 on (January 15, 2013, 21:00 GMT)

@counterstrike1.6 At least they take wickets unlike their Indian counterparts who cannot take wickets even on assisting pitches. I remember in recent series against India, Pakistani fast bowlers shattered India's top and middle order (Rahane, Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Jadeja) at all your pitches (including flat ones).

Posted by DeathKnell on (January 15, 2013, 20:59 GMT)

@SirViv1973 - not sure how test is the purest & most important format.. though I have nothing against tests, I just cant imagine how one sided it can get as in a test game..just for example most of the times team playing fourth inning is always affected by the pitch condition, so do we still call that a level ground or playing condition??..so is it with weather & so on..while this is totally unavoidable in cricket.. shorter versions give less uncertain conditions or in other words better "level" grounds..though not complete..so it cannot be the purest or most important, as major part is played by external entities. may be if there is any other way to provide similar conditions to both teams then it may find its importance.. (for ex. Toss at first match of a series and alternate after that & so on)

Posted by DeathKnell on (January 15, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster - while I believe & accept the Test-story from true & old eng fans (though how much applicable in modern day cricket is still a question), there are quite a lot of them who feel that the grapes are sour w.r.t ODIs & T20s.. soon u will hear the same from them on Tests as well after few good thrashings...when they have nothing, they cling on to the ranking, which is not helping either nowadays...

Posted by DeathKnell on (January 15, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

@aracer - let me hear again...tell me who is #1 in ODIs?

Posted by SirViv1973 on (January 15, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

@Capt Meanster, It's not that we don't care about Limited overs cricket we just prioritize test cricket because it is the purest and most important format which is played. As an Eng fan I want us to win every game we play but i'm far less disappointed when we loose a T20 or an ODI than I am if we loose a test. @Land47 I totally agree I think Broad at his best is a must for the ashes. I posted on another thread yesterday that I was becoming a little bit worried regarding the dept of our fast bowling options. With Broad Struggling with injury, Bresnan gone off the boil, Tremlett only just returning from a serious injury, Meaker probably not ready & Onions who if im honest hasn't totally convinced me yet. That only leaves Jimmy & Finn & even Finn has had his fair share of problems with injuries in recent times.

Posted by bumsonseats on (January 15, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

the last time he was rested he came back with a bang mind that was against the aussies so perhaps he did not have to raise his game that much. he needs to have the rest till the english summer play CC and see how his game is then

Posted by bumsonseats on (January 15, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

cpt. why would you say that the team who up to today were top of the icc league table,the comment i find very strange. why would one of the places need to be passed to an associate side. i could to a certain extent understand if test match cricket was the format that we looked at less favorable. if your country of 1 billion people can not find a team that plays test cricket better,then perhaps a associate member for india would be better in tests.then perhaps the DRS would then be the norm in cricket

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (January 15, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

It doesn't really matter whether Broad is fit or not. Just like Pakistani fast bowlers he too needs every assistance possible from pitch to pick wickets.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (January 15, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

A once quick bowler, short of his 27th birthday, is seriously crocked: the modern cricketer. So far as I know there was no one traumatic injury that is responsible for Broad's condition, so it can be taken that this is wear & tear over several seasons of incessant internat. cricket, swapping formats all the while. There's a lesson in this that has, to be fair, already been addressed. Rotation, rotation is the way England & all sides have to go, obviously, but I would go one step further & establish a clear division between Test match bowlers & the format specialists. Finn, for instance, needs to finish playing ODIs after this series (which he has yet to complete anyway). Jimmy should never put on coloured kit again, likewise Swann, whose elbow has stood up against the odds for 4 Tests this winter. It isn't a question of England prioritising one form over another, but making sure there is pool of bowlers for each type. The argument for batsmen is more debatable, but needs addressing.

Posted by thebatsmansHoldingthebowlersWilley on (January 15, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

The general consensus seems to be that Broad is slightly over-rated...I think the truth is that he lost a bit of nip against South Africa and looked pretty innocuous against their batting line-up. At the same time his batting dropped away completely. He is a good player when fully fit, so it's good to hear Miller talk about resting/rotating Broad. If Broad isn't ready for the Ashes i'd love to see a fully-fit Tremlett terrorise the Aussie batsmen again....or Onions who fully deserves another go.

Posted by Trickstar on (January 15, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

@malepas Go one then how does Broad think he's bigger than the game, what a ridiculous comment to make, have you ever watched any of his interviews, if you have you would know he doesn't come across like that at all, it's just a childish throwaway comment that uninformed plonkers come out with. He's also far from ordinary as well, it's amazing how quickly forget his performances when he's fit and firing, like he showed in the UAE and against India before that and other places, it's just a shame these injuries have not let him perform at his best the past year and until he can show he's back to his best he shouldn't be in the team, it's not fair on him.

Posted by SamRoy on (January 15, 2013, 15:19 GMT)

@Lwazi Ntloko I completely agree with you. I think most important series in cricket are 1.50 over world cup 2. 20 over world cup 3. tests. All other 20 over and 50 over matches are nothing but money procedure for cricket boards and match practice for cricketers to get ready for world cups and momentary entertainment for fans.

Posted by Bruisers on (January 15, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

Yuvraj will feel very disappointed reading this. LOL.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (January 15, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

Let's face it, Broad is a trundler these days.

Posted by realfan on (January 15, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

better play another young player... broad is not potent anyway....

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 15, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

The timing is, unfortunately for Broad, right as he will now have to fight his way back into the team through performances at first class level, due to the wealth of talent knocking on the door.

Posted by malepas on (January 15, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

A very ordinary player indeed,,not worthy of playing for England when there are lots of really good bowlers around,,this is I think blessing in disguise,,he thinks that he is bigger then the game.

Posted by aracer on (January 15, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

Cpt.Meanster, we don't care so much about ODIs that we're currently top of the rankings in that format. I don't see how us resting a player from that makes any difference to our commitment to it.

Posted by Trickstar on (January 15, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster How exactly are England ignoring else other than Test cricket, it really is a stupid and baseless thing to say, they are No1 in the world at the moment in one day cricket and have also recently won the world T20, they take all formats as seriously as each other. Just because a few noisy English fans might rate one format over the other is neither here or there and they certainly don't speak for all the English fans at all and the ECB are certainly taking all 3 formats seriously since we've been the world No1 in them in the last year. Other countries appear to not take all 3 formats seriously like India with test cricket for example.

Posted by   on (January 15, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

The only thing that matters concernin T20's and ODI's are the world cups...Otherwise the English are better of focussing on tests. Currently Broad needs to be prioritised for tests.

Posted by Heisenburg on (January 15, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

Blessing in disguise for England.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 15, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

@landl47: I know the Ashes are important and I respect England's commitment to test cricket. However, the ICC formally recognizes 2 more formats. If England wish to ignore everything else other than test cricket, then their place in limited overs cricket needs to be passed on to an associate team who most deserve it. All I hear from English fans is how they don't care about ODIs or T20s. If y'all don't care about them then why play them ? It's unnecessary to make up numbers.

Posted by Narkovian on (January 15, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

@landl.. Not so sure its that important. he has been considered a "sacred cow" for too long now. Occasional flashes of good form, then back to mediocrity. I think selectors and probably he himself, think he is more important to the team than he really is. His batting has gone backwards in a big way. Just sayin'

Posted by landl47 on (January 15, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

England needs Broad to be fit for the Ashes. Anything else really doesn't matter and his management should be governed accordingly.

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