England in India 2012-13 January 20, 2013

Poor weather keeps Broad at home

ESPNcricinfo staff

Stuart Broad will not join up with the England ODI squad in India after poor weather prevented him from leaving London.

Broad had been rested for the first three ODIs and was scheduled to return for the final two matches but his departure was delayed by snow and freezing conditions at London Heathrow airport. With the forecast not set to improve quickly, Broad would have struggled to arrive in sufficient time for the fourth ODI on Wednesday.

Broad tweeted: "Gutted I can't get to India. I'm off home with all my luggage at Heathrow. I'll be waiting for the lads in New Zealand!!"

He will now remain in Britain and fly to New Zealand for the first warm-up match on February 4, ahead of the Twenty20 series for which Broad will resume the captaincy having been injured for England's two T20s against India before Christmas.

"It's not ideal because we were hoping for him to come out here and, whether or not he played in one of the last two games, just do some prep for New Zealand," England one-day coach Ashley Giles said. "But we have a bit of time in New Zealand and he'll meet us there."

It could be questioned how useful a week in India would be ahead of a tour to New Zealand where conditions will be a complete contrast. Broad will now return to Loughborough to continue his preparation.

And although there were doubts about Broad's fitness to play in India, his absence reduces England's options if they choose to make a change to their bowling attack. Jade Dernbach is the main candidate to be replaced after taking only four wickets in the series. The cost of his wickets - 46.75 - compares favourably to the other England seamers but his economy rate of 7.79 is by far the most expensive of the frontline bowlers on either side.

Giles said that part of the trip "was always about having a look at different options" and England could recall Chris Woakes, who took 1 for 60 in the second ODI, or pick Stuart Meaker, whose pace caused India problems in the T20 series. They also have left-arm spinner Danny Briggs in the squad if they need a second specialist slow bowler but conditions in Mohali for the fourth ODI are likely to provide more help to the quick bowlers.

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  • JJ on January 23, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Noticed the camera with the high and wide shot of the ground perhaps to show viewers a perspective of field-placement which I think it's too tedious even with an automated mechanism but more importantly, I don't think it's effective. I believe it's so easy nowadays with so many expert game commentators, broadcasters and software developers, I am sure someone can find some solutions that incorporate field-placement (real-life ground-shot with software) and commentary that provide good viewing experience at the same time educational for the youngsters who are learning the craft of bowling and field-placing!!

  • saravanan on January 23, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    broad is fearing about playing against india in india that's why he always want to quit india tour

  • Nicholas on January 22, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Is there any way to stop him going from New Zealand as well? I mean seriously - what's the point in sending over another passenger that doesn't know what a yorker is and goes at 7 an over on a good day? Please, get him back to county cricket for a season to get some fitness and form back.

  • Mark on January 22, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    @Meety Got even more pointless now. Just seen the photos of Dharamshala under deep snow. -3C at match start time. 5th ODI very unlikely to go ahead unless there is a major change in the weather there! If he has to play, send him to New Zealand where it is, at least, summer.

  • Andrew on January 21, 2013, 23:13 GMT

    I think it would of been a bit pointless sending Broad all that way for 2 ODIs anyway. He'll be better off heading straight to NZ.

  • Mark on January 21, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan Presumably today's flight was full so the first available places were tomorrow. If it's urgent you have to find an alternative route. I've been in this situation myself with snow delays (not in the UK) and the first available places were FOUR days later!! (that's on a route with a minimum of 4 flights per day). I take it as an indication that, as he wasn't going to play, the ECB was not so fussed about getting him to India anyway.

  • sri on January 21, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer Thanks for the explanation (but still think that two days delay is more than a delay . Would it be the same case for business people? Or If this was a world cup event would they have done the same ? I just wrote that selectors did not feel the need to send him on urgent basis. Hmm different interpretations :)

    @jmcilhinney i am least interested in the conspiracy theories.

  • Mark on January 21, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    @jmcilhinney Sending him was a "nice to have". The decision that it wasn't worth his while if the trip was cut by two days undoubtedly contributed. And, having a player who is coming back from injury netting at -3C (as reported elsewhere on this site) is an invitation to bring on a new injury anyway!

  • John on January 21, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan, fond of conspiracy theories? If the ECB didn't want to send Broad they just wouldn't send him. They don't need to play such childish games.

  • James on January 21, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    The Lord works in mysterious ways. Divine intervention saves England again.

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