Pakistan v England, 1st Test, Dubai January 15, 2012

Ian Bell survives injury scare on match eve

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Ian Bell was taken for a scan on an injured left wrist after he was struck while batting in the nets ahead of the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai. A relieved England management confirmed that no fracture was revealed.

Bell was batting against the England batting coach, Graham Gooch, who was using the dog-thrower - or sidearm as Gooch prefers to call it - that has become a regular feature of England net sessions.

This is the first injury suffered by an England batsman against the dog-thrower, which is regarded by England's batsmen as highly beneficial and which has even begun to be adopted in England in club cricket.

The equipment, developed to throw balls for dogs to chase and fetch, enables throwdowns to be almost as hostile as fast-bowling deliveries in match conditions. The delivery was certainly hostile enough for Bell, who immediately abandoned his net session and headed off for a precautionary scan. Bell had his wrist bandaged and the result of the scan showed he had not suffered a fracture.

It is England's second self-inflicted injury in 24 hours. Stuart Broad was injured batting in the nets on Sunday when James Anderson produced an inswinging yorker that struck him on the boot and sent the first shiver through England's ranks ahead of the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

Broad inside-edged the delivery on to his left foot. He subsequently sat out the remainder of England's practice session with an ice pack on what a spokesman described as a "heavily bruised" foot. He was not sent for a scan and England are confident he will be able to bowl on Monday. Broad later posted on his Twitter account: "Bowling 2moro so no worries…"

Any injury involving Broad is sure to send tremors through the England camp. He has suffered three such setbacks in the last 14 months which severely curtailed his involvement in the Ashes, the World Cup and two limited-overs series against India. For an England side already missing Tim Bresnan, Broad's all-round skills are more precious than ever.

But on this occasion it appears the incident was little more than a scare. Certainly Broad's predicament gained him little sympathy from his fast bowling colleague Anderson. "It was a bad shot," Anderson said with a smile. "It's part and parcel of cricket. We play with a hard ball.

"I think he's fine though. It's not ideal preparation for him not to bowl today but he's done lots of bowling in the last couple of weeks and I don't think he'll be too worried. He's a strong character."

"We've had success as a unit of three seamers and a spinner but there's no reason we couldn't have success doing things the other way."
James Anderson on the prospect of England playing two spinners

Anderson knows he and Broad face a tough workload over the coming weeks. While much of England's success in recent times has come on pitches that aid their faster bowlers, Anderson is not expecting conditions in Dubai to prove quite so helpful.

"We know the cricket won't be as exciting as it was in England," Anderson said. "We've taken 20 wickets in the warm-up games though, so that's been a confidence boost. But generally we know there aren't going to be clusters of wickets and we know the cricket could be quite attritional. The pitches are generally flat.

"The first hour is going to be crucial. We expect the new ball to do something and, if we can get any lateral movement later on when the ball reverses, that could be helpful. It's a huge challenge, though. We're going to have to use different skills to win here. Our role, as seamers, might be to tie up an end for Graeme Swann."

Such a view encourages the theory that England may yet field two spinners. Monty Panesar outbowled Swann in the warm-up matches and could take the place of either the third seamer or the sixth specialist batsman. Certainly Saqlain Mushtaq, speaking to PakPassion.net, felt England should make room for both spinners.

"I feel that on Asian tracks England need two spinners because of the heat, the humidity and the dry pitches that they will encounter," said Saqlain. "At the moment England are the best team in the world and are playing really good cricket.

"Not only do England have good spinners at their disposal but I think they can also play spin really well too, particularly with the help of Mushtaq Ahmed who has been providing valuable input to the England batsmen on how to combat the threat of spin bowling. They played Harbhajan Singh really well in England and they showed they can play against the spinners."

If Anderson knows England's plans, he is not letting on. "I'm sure that's something they're considering," he said. "But I'm not a selector. We've had success as a unit of three seamers and a spinner but there's no reason we couldn't have success doing things the other way."

Meanwhile Anderson dismissed any suggestion that the context of this series would make any difference to England's approach. The teams contested an increasingly bitter series in 2010 that subsequently ended under the cloud of corruption. But Anderson insists that while both teams have moved on, there will be no quarter given over the next few weeks.

"You can't lose any of your aggression," Anderson said. "Generally you try to let the ball do the talking but it's business as usual as far as we're concerned. This series is not more sensitive for us than any other. We've moved on from what happened in 2010. I think it's more of an issue for the media."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • woodhaven on January 17, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    bell-cook-pietersen-morgan---what a combo,

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on January 17, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Too much of excuses by england even before the start :P And they blamed indians for the excuses!

  • MalikAnasAhmad on January 17, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    i wonder why media don't report a more injury prone Pakistani players to have this minor rashes on their body, but they do when it comes to more athletic English players

  • on January 17, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    Injury scare every minute...i swear England are making such a big deal about it...if stuart broad lose another hair its gna be on cricinfo!

  • jmcilhinney on January 17, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    I love how people just make stuff up to comment about. Several people talking about "excuses", which seems to be the favourite bandwagon these days. Not a single Englishman has made a single excuse in this story. Others talking about English players "going down" when this story clearly states that both Bell and Broad were hit but neither has anything more than bruising so both will be playing. Finally, the ever full-of it jonesy2 complains yet again about a story about England yet he clearly reads every single one of them. If you care so little jonesy2, why are you even opening stories that are clearly about England, never mind reading them, never mind commenting on them? You talk about England being worried about Australia but clearly it is you who are worried about England. There's no other reason for you to be following them so closely.

  • babarzia on January 16, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    "We know the cricket won't be as exciting as it was in England,"

    May i ask why ?

    India is blasted in the media for being home town paper tigers, as they cant adapt on foreign conditions. Why can't we say the same thing about England now (the results are not in, we know), but the whining and complaining about flat pitches is non stop.

    Champion teams of the past like the West Indians and the Aussies won everywhere consistently without whining like little babies.

  • ROXSPORT on January 16, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    It will be interesting to see Eng play in the heat of the Middle East. And now, with the Pak batting order as it is (cautious defense as against casual flamboyance), we all can see how good the English bowlers really are. They just hyped themselves up in the Ind series last summer. Now is their baptism by fire.

  • steve19191 on January 16, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    ah no worries if there is a few injuries, all England need to do is chuck a couple of envelopes into the Pakistan dressing room and all will be well.

  • The_big_j on January 16, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    England already making excuses....

  • on January 16, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Has anybody batted against a dog thrower? I did in indoor nets in Hobart last winter - and Gooch was doing the throwdowns. I would recommend any club to get one - although the thrower needs to have some expertise. David Hopps Uk editor

  • woodhaven on January 17, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    bell-cook-pietersen-morgan---what a combo,

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on January 17, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Too much of excuses by england even before the start :P And they blamed indians for the excuses!

  • MalikAnasAhmad on January 17, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    i wonder why media don't report a more injury prone Pakistani players to have this minor rashes on their body, but they do when it comes to more athletic English players

  • on January 17, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    Injury scare every minute...i swear England are making such a big deal about it...if stuart broad lose another hair its gna be on cricinfo!

  • jmcilhinney on January 17, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    I love how people just make stuff up to comment about. Several people talking about "excuses", which seems to be the favourite bandwagon these days. Not a single Englishman has made a single excuse in this story. Others talking about English players "going down" when this story clearly states that both Bell and Broad were hit but neither has anything more than bruising so both will be playing. Finally, the ever full-of it jonesy2 complains yet again about a story about England yet he clearly reads every single one of them. If you care so little jonesy2, why are you even opening stories that are clearly about England, never mind reading them, never mind commenting on them? You talk about England being worried about Australia but clearly it is you who are worried about England. There's no other reason for you to be following them so closely.

  • babarzia on January 16, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    "We know the cricket won't be as exciting as it was in England,"

    May i ask why ?

    India is blasted in the media for being home town paper tigers, as they cant adapt on foreign conditions. Why can't we say the same thing about England now (the results are not in, we know), but the whining and complaining about flat pitches is non stop.

    Champion teams of the past like the West Indians and the Aussies won everywhere consistently without whining like little babies.

  • ROXSPORT on January 16, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    It will be interesting to see Eng play in the heat of the Middle East. And now, with the Pak batting order as it is (cautious defense as against casual flamboyance), we all can see how good the English bowlers really are. They just hyped themselves up in the Ind series last summer. Now is their baptism by fire.

  • steve19191 on January 16, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    ah no worries if there is a few injuries, all England need to do is chuck a couple of envelopes into the Pakistan dressing room and all will be well.

  • The_big_j on January 16, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    England already making excuses....

  • on January 16, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Has anybody batted against a dog thrower? I did in indoor nets in Hobart last winter - and Gooch was doing the throwdowns. I would recommend any club to get one - although the thrower needs to have some expertise. David Hopps Uk editor

  • Freewheeler on January 16, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Though it is difficult to predict the fortunes of the Pakistan cricket team, I cannot help but say that Pakistan stands a better chance of winning against the over-rated English team. Yes, the English are good in swinging and seaming wickets (England, Australia, SA) but they have always been thoroughly tested when they tour the subcontinent or the Middle East. Pakistan, au contraire, have forged a resilient cricketing unit where the skill sets compliment each other; batting looks solid, if not flashy, and the bowling attack is astonishingly balanced. I see the wheels falling out of England's juggernaut. This is coming from an Indian fan, so this is as unbiased as it gets!

  • butterhandsfingers on January 16, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    @AlanHarrison: fair enough point but a bit pedantic, it's much easier to say "we took twenty wickets" than to say "we took 19 wickets because both teams had decided beforehand that we'd declare when we were nine down to move the game along, and obviously we would have got their number 11 out at some stage" :-)

    I'm not sure why Cricinfo are trying to claim all of these players as being injured, when they're getting tiny knocks and being sent for routine scans. Isn't there any news to report?

  • on January 16, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    hahaha funny are the ways of the English. Preparing excuses to give after losing to Pakistan.

  • va_jatt on January 16, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    i hope bell get well soon.. one of my all time fav. always love to watch him playing ... GOOD LUCK BELL

  • cric_fanatics on January 16, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    @AlbertEinstein ..Haha..Umar akmal hardly manages to find a place even in the disappointing pakistan batting line up.. On top of that his english is as good as his batting.So no need to worry about sledging.

  • Trickstar on January 16, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    @sabee66 For a team that's doesn't play spin too well themselves I'd be more worried about yourselves. that's not to mention that the first sight of quality fast bowling and the collapse will be on the cards. I do really hope Pakistan cling to this idea of England will be troubled by spin, providing turning wickets because I'd put money on the England batsmen to score more runs on it than the Pakistani's. It's amazing what a couple of wins against very poor sides can do to some teams fans.

  • on January 16, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    English batting line up was dismantled by Indian spinners during the ODI's in India. I suspect the Pakistan spinners will achieve a similar success.

  • Trickstar on January 16, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    @AbdullahShaikh 'Broad is a injury prone bowler' no your wrong, he's had 3 injuries injuries his whole career, which for a fast bowler wouldn't be considered injury prone, especially when you look at the feeble weak bodies of the Australian fast bowlers,now that's what you call injury prone and just because you post the same thing twice doesn't make it anymore right bud. I'd also love to hear from the Pakistan fans how someone getting hurt in practice is making excuses, especially when said player hasn't even been ruled out of the first game yet. The only team that will be left making all the same lame tired excuses as the Indians and the Ozzies, are the Pakistani's, that's what they do, massive excuse making nation.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 16, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    @ AlbertEinstein .. Sorry mate. thats a wrong comment. As far as this guy U.Akmal is concerned he was in England in 2010 session , i dont remember him making any impact on the game. He only consioslyl runs out his partners, he is always competing and sledging his own team mates. He is always involved in internal politics and has always got away because of his age. but it appears now he is getting bolder and bolder. Also Rameez is always promoting him which i dont like. Rifts will again grow in the Pk camp if such players are encouraged. i hope he is not included in the XI . Shafeeq is doing just fine at that spot. Umar Akmal does not have the temperament of test cricket.

  • on January 16, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Bell is my fav among brtisih players, quality batsman who hasnt showed any signs of being raciest yet. However i hope he only comes back after Pakistan wins the series.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 16, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Well, well , But what is his position for 2moros game ? in the preview article he is shown in the probables along with Broady.

  • Xtacy on January 16, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    lolx... Depression, Injuries and god knows wat more!! Good Going England you are piling up good stake of excuses prior to the series !!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 16, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    No one would argue what a class batsman Bell is and what a fast scorer he is down at 5 these days. A quality English batsman.

  • robheinen on January 16, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Better have England A on standby with these destructive netsessions. :-)

  • Stark62 on January 16, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    What is this?!?!

    I'm hearing reports of "injury scare" every other minute from the England camp!!!!

  • on January 16, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    I want Ian Bell to be fit soon and get back to business as soon as possible so as to strike for England.

  • cricket_pak419 on January 16, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    What is this know the english men are making excuses for injuries before the match even starts. Oh well lets just hope Pakistans spinners never get injuried. Good luck team Pakistan!

  • Rockstar0000 on January 16, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    will be interesting to see how england will handle pak spin attack

  • AlbertEinstein on January 16, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    With the way England is going I would'nt be surprised if we see Umar Akmal sledging Pietersen during the match and we get the news of another English cricketer coming out with depression.

  • Rockstar0000 on January 16, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    hmmmmmmm okkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  • AlanHarrison on January 16, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    "We've taken 20 wickets in the warm-up games", says Anderson. Well, no, you haven't actually, not in both of them anyway. The Associates XI declared against you.

  • on January 16, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Poor English Players. they will lose all key players by the end of this series, if they continue to get injured in this way.

  • stari09 on January 16, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    If Bell is out then a chance for the baby elephant to slot in at 5.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 16, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Bell rings alarm bells for the English. Dude the seires has not even started and these guys are going doiwn one by one. Wonder what will happen as the seires progresses.

  • kabe_ag7 on January 16, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    "We know the cricket won't be as exciting as it was in England" That's just too cocky.

  • ShahbazSalamat on January 16, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    England no 1 in test , Their four batsmen are in top ten ranking ,Cook, Bell, Trott, and Pieterson......Three bowlers are top ranking "Anderson, Swann, Broad....test allrounder includes ...Broad , Swann , Bresnan in top ten ranking.....Competition is tough ....Best of Luck Pakistan...May God Bless you with Million of Victories

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 16, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Experience in UAE conditions. is similer to subcontinent conditions, hence the pak team will easily adapt to these conditions and pitch. However, the english team will find it difficult to adjust as they found out in India during the world cup and the ODI series in India. However, Test cricket is different and England are ranked no.1 in the Test match category. However, this ranking has come off the home series played by england aganst India, SL, Pak and series in Australia (when the aussies were not dong well). A clear parellel can be drawn to Indias no.1 Ranking after playing in the subcontinent for a long time. When India, Pak and SL went to England they got thrashed, not becouse england was superior but because these teams could not handle the conditions there. Also the younsters were untested till then. Now in the UAE it will be a different story. I firmly believe that here Pak are the favorites.

  • on January 16, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    it will be fantastic series england will be tough to beat due to there batting

  • on January 16, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    throw laxman out and make space for raina and rohit sharma

  • sabee66 on January 16, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Pakistan will outclassed England by Spin, Fast and with batting too England will be smashed here in UAE Inshallah

  • on January 16, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Hope to see pakistan coming out as victorious one :)

  • on January 16, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Here u go, England are already 2 down, Bresnan and Broad, Who's Next?.

  • KarachiKid on January 16, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    I dont think this injury is that "minor". Broad might not be at his best if they include him in the squad on 17th. And if they do, the kind of 100% performer Broad is, they will be jeopardizing his participation in the next two tests ! Having said that, I think they have quality replacements for Broad in Tremlett and Onions.

  • on January 16, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    I completely agree with 2+2 bowling combination for England. Swan and Monty are both damn good spinners having all the skills and weapons of slow bowlers, and right temperament as well. Off course England can take risk of playing Tremlit, onion or Finn, only if they have courage to consider Broad an all rounder, although Swan is also good enough with the bat. Saqlain is absolutely right in pointing out that English batsmen are also very good at playing spin, specially on this type of flat tracks. They have even tackled genius like Saqlain on a turning pitch of Karachi and won the match on almost sunset time, though there is no thorpe, Flintof and Waughn in this team. Pakistani batsmen are good at playing spin but really quality spine can bother them, as we have seen in series against Bangladesh where Shakib single handedly made life difficult for them.Unfortunately both teams are devoid of a fast bowling all rounder, otherwise would have big plus point,Hafeez is trump for Pakistan.

  • on January 16, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    england crushing time starts now.................lolxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • landl47 on January 16, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    Broad bowled brilliantly against India and with 7-68 in the warm-up match here in which he played showed that he is in great form. He also played a number of vital innings against India and once again showed, in the warm-up match, that he is able to perform when the pressure is on. The Pakistan team will not have forgotten the 169 he took off them in the 2010 series. Let's hope this is nothing serious and he'll be able to play on Tuesday.

  • Meety on January 16, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    doh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • fannybaws on January 16, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    Must have been a good ball !

  • on January 15, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    Get up fellow.......we want to beat you with your full strength on the ground.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 15, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    Broady is a vey talented All Rounder. But has a very fragile body. Half of the time he is nursing some or the other injury. it looks by the time he will be 30 he might go Flintoff's way.

  • wc1992 on January 15, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    fruite loop start talking already .....com on we waiting for you sugar

  • yorkshire-86 on January 15, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Cook Strauss Trott KP Bell Prior Broad Swann Seamer Anderson Panesar. Seamer is one from Tremlett/Onions/Finn depending on whos fit. 2 spinners 3 quicks and enough batting for the type of wicket which will be encountered.

  • cricket_fan_1980 on January 15, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    well said anderson, positive statement about moving on and letting the ball do the talking. that is what will lead to exciting cricket.

  • cricket0007 on January 15, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    hahaha they have already started making excuses... this english team is no way near that mighty australian team which ruled the world for so many years.. the aussies are coming back strongly and very soon they'll be no1 again :) I have a feeling this england side will lose this series and then it'll continue to lose all those test series in the sub continent and will eventually go down in the rankings

  • ahtasham.rvj on January 15, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    well hope this injury is not a serious one becz we want a pure contest between the two best...my best wishes with Pak team..best of luck to them..and hope Umer Akmal will the part of the playing XI..

  • phoenixsteve on January 15, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    An injury to Broad would leave the selection in a quandry? I believe that Broad should be batting at 7 (in the all rounders berth) with Prior at six and Morgan carrying the drinks. Nothing against Morgan but this game is going to need 3 seamers and 2 spinners and with no Bresnan it'll need Broad to put his batting head on. My team would be Cooke, Stauss, Trott, Pieterson, Bell, Prior, Broad, Swann, Tremlett/Finn, Onions/Anderson & Monty. To many it seems impossible to consider leaving Jimmy out but this brave move could see Onions being more effective? A tough one but they should definitely play 5 bowlers on what is likely to be a batsman friendly track. COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 15, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Broady is an injury prone bowler. His career has been chequered with injuries. he has a very delicate body and needs to take Extra Care of it.

  • jonesy2 on January 15, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    this is a news story, how?

  • on January 15, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    i think both teams are well prepared and well balanced. Both are having the potential to do something exceptional. just matter of the time.The one who has the capacity to face the presure and react positively will grab the apportunity. All the best we just need neat and positive cricket.

  • on January 15, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    good article...it will be a bit of a blow if Broad sits out...esp cuz of his battling...good for Pakistan !!:D

    and this is so weird...y in the world is Saqlain just commenting abt England's bowling and not even a peep abt Pakistan's attack with likes of Gul and Junaid in the pace dept. and the 3 pronged spin attack in the shape of Ajmal, Rehman and Hafeez...:/

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 15, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Andherson is right. "We know the cricket won't be as exciting as it was in England," Anderson said. However, the main worry to Anderson particularly is that in the subcontinent his performances have not been worth noting and UAE is not different. World Cupp 2011 is a fresh example. He had compleately lost confidence towards the end of the World Cup. However, spinnners should be in business, from both camps. Though the quicks are better in the english camp;

  • allblue on January 15, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Batsmen's protective equipment has improved a great deal in recent years with the introduction of new materials, so it's surprising that footwear that can withstand a direct hit hasn't been developed. Gloves for example, have improved so that broken fingers are a comparative rarity today, but a direct hit from a quick yorker is still liable to incapacitate the batsman. I suppose the difficulty is the pay-off between strength and flexibility, but perhaps the R&D departments of equipment manufacturers should take a look at this neglected area.

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  • allblue on January 15, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Batsmen's protective equipment has improved a great deal in recent years with the introduction of new materials, so it's surprising that footwear that can withstand a direct hit hasn't been developed. Gloves for example, have improved so that broken fingers are a comparative rarity today, but a direct hit from a quick yorker is still liable to incapacitate the batsman. I suppose the difficulty is the pay-off between strength and flexibility, but perhaps the R&D departments of equipment manufacturers should take a look at this neglected area.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 15, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Andherson is right. "We know the cricket won't be as exciting as it was in England," Anderson said. However, the main worry to Anderson particularly is that in the subcontinent his performances have not been worth noting and UAE is not different. World Cupp 2011 is a fresh example. He had compleately lost confidence towards the end of the World Cup. However, spinnners should be in business, from both camps. Though the quicks are better in the english camp;

  • on January 15, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    good article...it will be a bit of a blow if Broad sits out...esp cuz of his battling...good for Pakistan !!:D

    and this is so weird...y in the world is Saqlain just commenting abt England's bowling and not even a peep abt Pakistan's attack with likes of Gul and Junaid in the pace dept. and the 3 pronged spin attack in the shape of Ajmal, Rehman and Hafeez...:/

  • on January 15, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    i think both teams are well prepared and well balanced. Both are having the potential to do something exceptional. just matter of the time.The one who has the capacity to face the presure and react positively will grab the apportunity. All the best we just need neat and positive cricket.

  • jonesy2 on January 15, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    this is a news story, how?

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 15, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Broady is an injury prone bowler. His career has been chequered with injuries. he has a very delicate body and needs to take Extra Care of it.

  • phoenixsteve on January 15, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    An injury to Broad would leave the selection in a quandry? I believe that Broad should be batting at 7 (in the all rounders berth) with Prior at six and Morgan carrying the drinks. Nothing against Morgan but this game is going to need 3 seamers and 2 spinners and with no Bresnan it'll need Broad to put his batting head on. My team would be Cooke, Stauss, Trott, Pieterson, Bell, Prior, Broad, Swann, Tremlett/Finn, Onions/Anderson & Monty. To many it seems impossible to consider leaving Jimmy out but this brave move could see Onions being more effective? A tough one but they should definitely play 5 bowlers on what is likely to be a batsman friendly track. COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • ahtasham.rvj on January 15, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    well hope this injury is not a serious one becz we want a pure contest between the two best...my best wishes with Pak team..best of luck to them..and hope Umer Akmal will the part of the playing XI..

  • cricket0007 on January 15, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    hahaha they have already started making excuses... this english team is no way near that mighty australian team which ruled the world for so many years.. the aussies are coming back strongly and very soon they'll be no1 again :) I have a feeling this england side will lose this series and then it'll continue to lose all those test series in the sub continent and will eventually go down in the rankings

  • cricket_fan_1980 on January 15, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    well said anderson, positive statement about moving on and letting the ball do the talking. that is what will lead to exciting cricket.