The Ashes 2010-11 December 7, 2010

Injured Broad out of tour

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Stuart Broad has admitted that he knew his Ashes tour was over from the moment he began his second spell on Monday afternoon, as England's famous innings-and-71-run victory at Adelaide was tempered by the loss of one of the key members of their bowling attack.

Broad was ruled out of the tour shortly before play on the final day of the second Test, after the ECB chief medical officer, Nick Peirce, confirmed that he had suffered a torn abdominal muscle. He is due to fly back to England on Wednesday, where he will undergo a ten-week programme of rehabilitation, with a view to returning to fitness in time for the latter stages of the World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh that gets underway on February 19.

"Obviously I'm heartbroken. I'm distraught at leaving the tour," said Broad. "Within two or three balls of my spell, I knew I was in big trouble, and I immediately said to Jimmy Anderson, 'I might be struggling here'. I got through a few overs, but it felt like someone stabbing me in the stomach. I put a couple of bouncers in and I could hardly breathe. I knew my tour was over. I was going for broke then, and just trying to get a wicket before I was gone."

Broad briefly remained on the field after grimacing through his 11th over, but was off receiving treatment on the injury for much of the afternoon. While he was off the field, he bowled off a minimal run-up in the nets with a strap around his waist, and was seen lifting a medicine ball with considerable difficulty. He returned to the field late in the day, but did not bowl another over.

"I had an injection to see if I could get through this Test, bowling and do a job from one end, but the tear was too big, and it wasn't really feasible," said Broad. "I've been fortunate in my career, because I've been fairly injury free, but this is a blow. It's going to be hard to watch, but I will be watching - because the guys are playing fantastic cricket.

"The lads have a fantastic opportunity to win the Ashes, and I hope they will keep playing this sort of cricket without me. It will be hard to leave this changing room. It is a fantastic place to be, but it's a great opportunity for whoever takes my place. Everyone is capable of stepping up and delivering.

"My next focus is to get it 100% right for the World Cup and be fresh and ready to perform then," he added. "It's eight to 10 weeks' rehab, and the first World Cup game is nine weeks (away). But the thing about that World Cup is that it goes on for years, so even if I miss the first game I'll still be available for the end of it. But my family are coming out for Christmas, so we will probably cross like ships in the night."

England's captain, Andrew Strauss, admitted that Broad had known his fate before the results of the scan had been confirmed. "It was pretty clear last night what was likely to happen, so I had a couple of words with him," he said. "He's distraught, and I think we're all distraught that he's going to be leaving us because he's a big part of our side, not just on the field but off the field too.

Broad, 24, will also miss the seven-match ODI series that follows the Ashes, as his focus shifts to the second of England's twin peaks for the winter. "Stuart will return to England shortly to commence a rehabilitation programme and we expect him to make a full recovery in time for the World Cup next year," said Dr Peirce in an ECB statement.

"Playing for England in an Ashes series in Australia has been something I've dreamed of for a long time so to have that cut short by injury is devastating," said Broad. "So far the series has been everything I had anticipated and knowing I'll play no further part is quite hard to take. Given the way we had started the series I was looking forward to playing a leading role in England retaining the Ashes but that's not to be.

"Injuries happen and there's nothing I can do about it other than make sure I get stuck into rehabilitation and come back stronger in time for the World Cup next year. This winter is a big one for the England team so my focus will have to shift to preparing for the World Cup."

Despite claiming two wickets at 80.50 in the first two Tests, Broad's height and aggression will be sorely missed throughout the rest of the series. It means that England's tour match against Victoria at Melbourne, which gets underway on December 10, will take on an extra significance, with Chris Tremlett, Ajmal Shahzad and Tim Bresnan all competing for the vacancy.

"He's been one of the mainstays of our bowling attack for a while, and he's got all the ingredients to bowl well in Australia as well," said Strauss. "We're devastated for him but the show moves on, and those other three have got a chance to stake a claim and have a big impact on the series now.

"The likelihood is that all three of those will play in Melbourne, and we'll see which one is looking the most potent and the most suited for Perth, which is going to be important as well," added Strauss. "What happens in Melbourne will have some effect, but we've got to think what bowler is likely to make an impact."

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

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  • Pacelover on December 8, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    I like what i have seen from Shazhad so far but maybe Tremlett will be more suited to Perth. How the three bat should not be an Issue when you play with 7 batsmen but Knowing Englands selectors they will take the cautious option of Bresnan. Finn has to step up to the plate in Perth, being the top wicket taker in the series flatters him but he may well open the bowling now. I was very encouraged with Englands back-up bowlers against Australia A and am confident that they wont let anyone down whoever is picked.

  • on December 8, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    i think Tremlett should play at Perth. Forget about what these 3 bring with the bat, Swanny can bat at 8 if needed, and pick the bowler most likely to help win you the match. As for the batting, I see no need to risk injury, or mental fatigue, to most of the top order, and it would be good for a few of the younger guy's knocking on the door to see how they perform. My team for Melbourne would be Kieswetter, Lyth, Hildreth, Collingwood, Morgan, Bell (capt), Davies, Bresnan, Shazhad, Tremlett, Panesar.

  • gracegift on December 8, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    Considering Perth to be a surface that assists bounce, Tremlett should get the nod.From a neutral point, it's better to have Aus trailing, coz they are more likely to make a strong comeback. Hope Glen McGrath has learnt to keep his predictions a secret for subsequent Ashes series!

  • JamalAJackson on December 8, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    Finally, an injury for an English player, now other players to get injured: Swann, Anderson, Cook, Trott and Pietersen

  • pakwellwisher on December 8, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Australia would be really sad to see broad going. This wicketless wonder can only throw balls at the opposition players and scoff the pitch.

  • Something_Witty on December 7, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    @landl, yep. 1 decent bowler Anderson (although he yet again proved that he can only take wickets when conditions suit swing bowling). Scoreboard pressure is enough for any bowler to get wickets in the second innings. And actually, our bowlers are fine, it's always hard to take wickets on that road, but our batsmen made your bowlers look about fifty times better than they actually are. And you're write about the batsmen, but then, what can you expect when the selectors keep on picking batsmen who are either woefully out of form, have never been IN form, or are injured?

  • HerbertAnchovy on December 7, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    Bad luck on Broad who seems to have bowled OK without the rewards. I hope Tremlett or Shahzad play rather than Bresnan who seems to be more of a bits and pieces cricketer than a true all rounder. Should be some fierce competition between the three candidates during the forthcoming state game.

  • landl47 on December 7, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    @Something_Witty: you mean England bowled out Australia twice on a 'road' (your word) with ONE decent bowler? Remind me whether that one was Anderson, who took 4-51 in the first innings, or Swann, who took 5-91 in the second. Anyway, one decent bowler would seem to be about 4 more than Australia have. All their bowlers only took a quarter of the wickets taken by England's bowlers. @jonesy2- I guess you didn't watch the game where England's reserve bowlers ran through Australia's up and coming batsmen and England won by 10 wickets? All Australia is wishing that they had England's problems about now. Finn has 9 wickets in the series (joint leading wicket taker) and 6 of them have been top 6 batsmen, including Hussey twice. If he isn't up to the task, what does that say about Australia's batsmen?

  • biscuit2009 on December 7, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Not good for Broad and England but I know Stuart will bounce back. The ideal change would be Bresnan because he is an all-rounder. But, I think Tremlett will be a better option at the WACA. He bowls at an ideal pace with bounce. Australia have lost an in-form Katich and don't really have an option but to play Khawaja/Hughes. Drop Doherty and bring in Steve O'Keefe or even Hauritz. Series: Eng 2-0

  • afsalcharan on December 7, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    steve harmison come back to england team....

  • Pacelover on December 8, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    I like what i have seen from Shazhad so far but maybe Tremlett will be more suited to Perth. How the three bat should not be an Issue when you play with 7 batsmen but Knowing Englands selectors they will take the cautious option of Bresnan. Finn has to step up to the plate in Perth, being the top wicket taker in the series flatters him but he may well open the bowling now. I was very encouraged with Englands back-up bowlers against Australia A and am confident that they wont let anyone down whoever is picked.

  • on December 8, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    i think Tremlett should play at Perth. Forget about what these 3 bring with the bat, Swanny can bat at 8 if needed, and pick the bowler most likely to help win you the match. As for the batting, I see no need to risk injury, or mental fatigue, to most of the top order, and it would be good for a few of the younger guy's knocking on the door to see how they perform. My team for Melbourne would be Kieswetter, Lyth, Hildreth, Collingwood, Morgan, Bell (capt), Davies, Bresnan, Shazhad, Tremlett, Panesar.

  • gracegift on December 8, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    Considering Perth to be a surface that assists bounce, Tremlett should get the nod.From a neutral point, it's better to have Aus trailing, coz they are more likely to make a strong comeback. Hope Glen McGrath has learnt to keep his predictions a secret for subsequent Ashes series!

  • JamalAJackson on December 8, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    Finally, an injury for an English player, now other players to get injured: Swann, Anderson, Cook, Trott and Pietersen

  • pakwellwisher on December 8, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Australia would be really sad to see broad going. This wicketless wonder can only throw balls at the opposition players and scoff the pitch.

  • Something_Witty on December 7, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    @landl, yep. 1 decent bowler Anderson (although he yet again proved that he can only take wickets when conditions suit swing bowling). Scoreboard pressure is enough for any bowler to get wickets in the second innings. And actually, our bowlers are fine, it's always hard to take wickets on that road, but our batsmen made your bowlers look about fifty times better than they actually are. And you're write about the batsmen, but then, what can you expect when the selectors keep on picking batsmen who are either woefully out of form, have never been IN form, or are injured?

  • HerbertAnchovy on December 7, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    Bad luck on Broad who seems to have bowled OK without the rewards. I hope Tremlett or Shahzad play rather than Bresnan who seems to be more of a bits and pieces cricketer than a true all rounder. Should be some fierce competition between the three candidates during the forthcoming state game.

  • landl47 on December 7, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    @Something_Witty: you mean England bowled out Australia twice on a 'road' (your word) with ONE decent bowler? Remind me whether that one was Anderson, who took 4-51 in the first innings, or Swann, who took 5-91 in the second. Anyway, one decent bowler would seem to be about 4 more than Australia have. All their bowlers only took a quarter of the wickets taken by England's bowlers. @jonesy2- I guess you didn't watch the game where England's reserve bowlers ran through Australia's up and coming batsmen and England won by 10 wickets? All Australia is wishing that they had England's problems about now. Finn has 9 wickets in the series (joint leading wicket taker) and 6 of them have been top 6 batsmen, including Hussey twice. If he isn't up to the task, what does that say about Australia's batsmen?

  • biscuit2009 on December 7, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Not good for Broad and England but I know Stuart will bounce back. The ideal change would be Bresnan because he is an all-rounder. But, I think Tremlett will be a better option at the WACA. He bowls at an ideal pace with bounce. Australia have lost an in-form Katich and don't really have an option but to play Khawaja/Hughes. Drop Doherty and bring in Steve O'Keefe or even Hauritz. Series: Eng 2-0

  • afsalcharan on December 7, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    steve harmison come back to england team....

  • coolaf on December 7, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    In a way its great for England, Broad is way OVER RATED Test bowler, his test record is below-par. Ajmal Shahzad would be a good inclusion, 5-6 wickets for him would mean certain defeats for Australia as I perdict Swann and Anderson as main destroyers and England wins easily unless Australia makes major changes in bowling like bringing Tait. I foresee a clean sweep ... GO BARMY ARMY

  • PTtheAxis on December 7, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    tremlett it should be for perth at least ... england 2nd string is better its socalled 1st string

  • Fareen on December 7, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    Sad for broad.but they've got some good bowlers to replace him..look at australia...none of their bowlers are injured...still they have to be replaced!!!..

  • jonesy2 on December 7, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    this is probably a good thing for england but i bet they dont have a backup bowler capable at test level they already have finn who isnt up to the task

  • on December 7, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    tremlett has upto now bowled well and aggressively unless the england team goes for the safe choice of bresnan

  • on December 7, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    It's a shame really. England will miss him. Besides his ability to bowl at a fast clip, Broad was more than a decent bat, down the order. He has a Test hundred, to prove it. I hope Tremlett fits it in well. It's good to see Pietersen amonst the runs, and he continues to be Englands mainstay.

  • Something_Witty on December 7, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    This is a real shame for Australia. Now England will be forced to have TWO decent bowlers in their side rather than just one.

  • MinusZero on December 7, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    Tremlett and co bowled really well against Australia A. Broad's performance so far hasnt been spectacular so it could be a good thing...not for Australia though

  • on December 7, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    Nice - I don't have to watch His Stroppiness for the rest of the summer then

  • landl47 on December 7, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    Broad hadn't (yet) taken the wickets expected of him but he had kept one end tight while wickets were taken at the other end. England are lucky to have a lot of depth at the moment (and more coming up with another 21-year old called Chris Woakes, who looks like being a genuine all-rounder) so the transition should be quite seamless. Stuff happens- Broad is only 24, so he'll be back.

  • HatsforBats on December 7, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    He is a bit of a sook and he is annoying even to look at with his baby-faced glaring at the batsmen, but I still like seeing him in action so it's a shame for the poms. Tremlett looks good though (he's massive!) and if he's more consistent than Broad the Aussies will still be on the back foot for the rest of the series. But if not, only Swann and Jimmy have looked dangerous and they can't bowl all the overs (I hope).

  • LePom on December 7, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    I'd suggest that Australia will miss Katich more than England will Broad (not because of any lack on his part). England have other bowlers that can and are taking wickets, but Australia's batting is fragile at the moment, and they can ill afford to be having to break in a new opening partnership.

    To win the Ashes back Australia now need to take 20 England wickets per test in two test matches (whilst not losing a third one).

    So far, in two test matches they have failed to take 20 wickets in total.

    The stats stand at Australia 16 wickets at 87.31 each. England 31 wickets at 36.67 runs per wicket taken.

  • on December 7, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    feel sorry for Broady. He hasn't looked quite as effective here on flat tracks but how long has he been carrying a niggle? I think he would have played a big part on this tour but now we'll never know. Very glad that we have Ajmal, Tremlett and Bresnan who all played really well in the warm up. Would be happy with any but tempted to go for Ajmal as he looked a bit more penetrating and aggressive, though you argue for Tremelett's extra bounce. Even Plunkett has looked in decent Nick for the peformance squad. Normally Bresnan's batting would be important but that doesn't seem to be as big a consideration right now as taking wickets.

    Hope Broady rests up for the world cup. His runs may well be more important there.

  • babarmalik on December 7, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    Broad has not been extremely impressive in this series but don't forget that he is England's prime bowler in ODIs (if you don't take my word for it, check his ODI record and ICC ranking). He will be really missed in the upcoming ODI series, therefore, it is imperative for him to get fit before the World Cup.

  • on December 7, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    Honestly Broad is over rated...it is good riddance Shahzad is a better pick

  • on December 7, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    This injury would help England in tests as they could bring in a genuine fast bowler. Broad will be missed in ODI.

  • phoenixsteve on December 7, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    Shame about the loss of Broad, but England have just annihilated Australia and the backup bowlers are probably more than enough to see this through! Even without Broad they seem to be far superior to the Aussies.... WELL DONE ENGLAND!

  • Something_Witty on December 7, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    I don't rate Broad anyway, so him being out of the tour will only help England, because they'll bring in a bowler who doesn't bang every ball in halfway out and throw tantrums when a ball goes 10 foot wide of a fielder and he doesn't fling himself like superman and use his extendo-arms to stop it from going for four.

  • on December 7, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    Can't ignore Tremlett, sorry. Barring a splendid bowling performance in Melbourne against the Vics from one of the others, Tremlett will play in Perth. Congrats to the English for a great match in Adelaide.

  • Dhandev on December 7, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    Good on you Broad. You would have been a treat to watch in the remainder of the series. Hope you are ready in time for the World Cup.

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  • Dhandev on December 7, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    Good on you Broad. You would have been a treat to watch in the remainder of the series. Hope you are ready in time for the World Cup.

  • on December 7, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    Can't ignore Tremlett, sorry. Barring a splendid bowling performance in Melbourne against the Vics from one of the others, Tremlett will play in Perth. Congrats to the English for a great match in Adelaide.

  • Something_Witty on December 7, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    I don't rate Broad anyway, so him being out of the tour will only help England, because they'll bring in a bowler who doesn't bang every ball in halfway out and throw tantrums when a ball goes 10 foot wide of a fielder and he doesn't fling himself like superman and use his extendo-arms to stop it from going for four.

  • phoenixsteve on December 7, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    Shame about the loss of Broad, but England have just annihilated Australia and the backup bowlers are probably more than enough to see this through! Even without Broad they seem to be far superior to the Aussies.... WELL DONE ENGLAND!

  • on December 7, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    This injury would help England in tests as they could bring in a genuine fast bowler. Broad will be missed in ODI.

  • on December 7, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    Honestly Broad is over rated...it is good riddance Shahzad is a better pick

  • babarmalik on December 7, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    Broad has not been extremely impressive in this series but don't forget that he is England's prime bowler in ODIs (if you don't take my word for it, check his ODI record and ICC ranking). He will be really missed in the upcoming ODI series, therefore, it is imperative for him to get fit before the World Cup.

  • on December 7, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    feel sorry for Broady. He hasn't looked quite as effective here on flat tracks but how long has he been carrying a niggle? I think he would have played a big part on this tour but now we'll never know. Very glad that we have Ajmal, Tremlett and Bresnan who all played really well in the warm up. Would be happy with any but tempted to go for Ajmal as he looked a bit more penetrating and aggressive, though you argue for Tremelett's extra bounce. Even Plunkett has looked in decent Nick for the peformance squad. Normally Bresnan's batting would be important but that doesn't seem to be as big a consideration right now as taking wickets.

    Hope Broady rests up for the world cup. His runs may well be more important there.

  • LePom on December 7, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    I'd suggest that Australia will miss Katich more than England will Broad (not because of any lack on his part). England have other bowlers that can and are taking wickets, but Australia's batting is fragile at the moment, and they can ill afford to be having to break in a new opening partnership.

    To win the Ashes back Australia now need to take 20 England wickets per test in two test matches (whilst not losing a third one).

    So far, in two test matches they have failed to take 20 wickets in total.

    The stats stand at Australia 16 wickets at 87.31 each. England 31 wickets at 36.67 runs per wicket taken.

  • HatsforBats on December 7, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    He is a bit of a sook and he is annoying even to look at with his baby-faced glaring at the batsmen, but I still like seeing him in action so it's a shame for the poms. Tremlett looks good though (he's massive!) and if he's more consistent than Broad the Aussies will still be on the back foot for the rest of the series. But if not, only Swann and Jimmy have looked dangerous and they can't bowl all the overs (I hope).