Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth, 3rd day December 15, 2013

Broad in doubt for Boxing Day Test

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Stuart Broad is a doubt for the Boxing Day Test after being struck on the right foot by a Mitchell Johnson yorker on the third day at the WACA.

Broad may yet bat in England's second innings if there appears any chance they can save the Test but he will not bowl again in Perth and his availability for the rest of the series will depend on how his foot recovers over the next week and a half.

Although Broad was unable to say whether there was a fracture, he said "something showed up" when his foot was x-rayed. Broad wore a moon boot on his foot and used crutches to make his way to a press conference after the third day's play, having earlier been sent to hospital following his dismissal lbw to a Johnson yorker that struck him on the top of the foot.

"I got hit by a full ball from Mitch when he got me out and it immediately hurt, so I came into the changing room and got some ice on it," Broad said. "I was desperate to get out there and bowl, so I had to try it out in the nets to see how we went.

"Normally with a bruise you get a bit of blood to it when you get going and the pain decreases. It actually increased quite a bit in the nets. I wanted to go out and have a spell but the doc said I had to go for an x-ray.

"Something showed up but it was a bit inconclusive, so I had to have an MRI, which was quite frustrating because I wanted to get back to the ground and we're just waiting on those results back from England now. Treatment wise it's a lot of ice, elevation, rest.

"I'm desperate to play a part in the rest of this Ashes series. I won't be bowling tomorrow or anything, but there's a bit of a break between this Test and the next and I'm desperate to be there."

When asked if it was a fracture that had shown up on the x-ray, Broad said he was uncertain but he believed that even if there was a crack of some kind in the bone there remained a chance he could play a further part in the series.

"I'm not 100% sure. It's all gobbledegook to me, to be honest, it all went over my head," Broad said. "I just know what the treatment is to get myself right. But at the end of the day, even if there is a small crack there and my symptoms aren't painful, I see no reason why I can't continue to play. I've got 10 days until Boxing Day. Even if there is a small crack I see no reason why I can't get myself back in the frame."

Although Broad will not bowl at the WACA, he said he would bat if the team needed him to help keep the Ashes series alive but such a decision would be dependent on how close England were to saving or winning the match. Such forecasts seemed optimistic at stumps on day three, with England 369 behind and Australia still seven second-innings wickets still in hand.

"It's pretty much dependent on the state of the game, I think, but I'll give it a go. It's a bit sore to weight-bear at the minute, but I'll certainly bat if the team requires it," Broad said. "It depends how many overs are left and how we've gone, but that decision will be made hopefully not tomorrow, hopefully the next day."

Broad has been England's leading wicket taker so far in the series, having collected 14 at 25.21, and he is the only England bowler to have collected a five-for so far in the Ashes. Only Johnson, with 19, has more victims for either side.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • pat_one_back on December 16, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Censorship @espncricinfo? Surely we can all appreciate some Ashes irony in Broad getting out and not walking again!!!?

  • Rufus_Fuddleduck on December 16, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    The problem with Broad, other than his personality, is that England expect Headingley 1981 from him every time in this series. From him and Anderson, in the aggregate. And not much - at the non-striker's end, in the field or behind the stumps - to support their efforts.

  • Rufus_Fuddleduck on December 16, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Sponge, that is indeed a very deep piece of analysis from your side for Broad's biodata. Two Ashes whitewashes, bookmarks in the glorious England era, would give some perspective. As for the 6x6, it can't really be attributed to Broad, old chap. He was more the victim than the villain.

  • WalkingWicket11 on December 16, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    @Madan Shivakumar Well, what goes around comes around. Not long ago, the same Stuart Broad threw the ball at a certain Zulqarnain Haider with an obvious intention to hurt him because "he wasn't getting out". Look it up on Youtube, and that's not even the only occasion when Stuart Broad has misbehaved on the field.

  • WalkingWicket11 on December 16, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    I don't get it. They did the MRI scan in Perth, but they are waiting for the results to come from England? Surely, it cannot be that Australia only has the technology for the scan, but no one to analyse it? Could someone with a medical background explain what's going on?

  • Wayne_Larkins_Barnet on December 16, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    @dunger.bob, agree mate, if he bats not only will they target him they should. Clarke's back is one reason they target him with the short stuff. If like to add that Broad is one of the tough cookies in this limp England team so I hope he can play the rest of the series. I also think it would also be quite unique for him to have 2 Ashes whitewashes next to being hit for 6 6's off an over in international cricket on his CV, that's quite an achievement, one for the mantlepiece. Seriously though I do like him he has some spine and his bowling has become very very good.

  • SurlyCynic on December 16, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    So nothing was broken in his foot, hence the evasive answers in this article. He just didn't want to go back out at the WACA.

  • mondotv on December 16, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    @Jagger - not really sure that's fair on Broad. He is probably he only guy in the English team who has performed above expectations. I'm an Aus fan but Broad, villain or not, is tough as nails. It was the doctor that ordered him off for scans - not Broad - he was desperate to get out there and bowl. You can't bowl fast if you can't bear weight on the foot. I will be very surprised if it is not a fracture to Broad's foot. Lets not forget Faulkner got hit by a ball in the Perth nets and broke his hand with all the protection a batting glove gives you.

  • on December 16, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    This looks little embarrassing, Broad surely has a Fracture, and England dont want to give more Glory to Johnson, Now Clarke can officially warn others " Hey mate he is going to break your foot" Just as he Warned Anderson

  • on December 16, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    @ Mah Kong Howe (December 15, 2013, 15:53 GMT), Why should England need to fly in reinforcements? They have three fast bowlers in their squad, that they put in to use in Perth(!?!), that should be able to take his place. That is why you tour WITH A SQUAD!

  • pat_one_back on December 16, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Censorship @espncricinfo? Surely we can all appreciate some Ashes irony in Broad getting out and not walking again!!!?

  • Rufus_Fuddleduck on December 16, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    The problem with Broad, other than his personality, is that England expect Headingley 1981 from him every time in this series. From him and Anderson, in the aggregate. And not much - at the non-striker's end, in the field or behind the stumps - to support their efforts.

  • Rufus_Fuddleduck on December 16, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Sponge, that is indeed a very deep piece of analysis from your side for Broad's biodata. Two Ashes whitewashes, bookmarks in the glorious England era, would give some perspective. As for the 6x6, it can't really be attributed to Broad, old chap. He was more the victim than the villain.

  • WalkingWicket11 on December 16, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    @Madan Shivakumar Well, what goes around comes around. Not long ago, the same Stuart Broad threw the ball at a certain Zulqarnain Haider with an obvious intention to hurt him because "he wasn't getting out". Look it up on Youtube, and that's not even the only occasion when Stuart Broad has misbehaved on the field.

  • WalkingWicket11 on December 16, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    I don't get it. They did the MRI scan in Perth, but they are waiting for the results to come from England? Surely, it cannot be that Australia only has the technology for the scan, but no one to analyse it? Could someone with a medical background explain what's going on?

  • Wayne_Larkins_Barnet on December 16, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    @dunger.bob, agree mate, if he bats not only will they target him they should. Clarke's back is one reason they target him with the short stuff. If like to add that Broad is one of the tough cookies in this limp England team so I hope he can play the rest of the series. I also think it would also be quite unique for him to have 2 Ashes whitewashes next to being hit for 6 6's off an over in international cricket on his CV, that's quite an achievement, one for the mantlepiece. Seriously though I do like him he has some spine and his bowling has become very very good.

  • SurlyCynic on December 16, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    So nothing was broken in his foot, hence the evasive answers in this article. He just didn't want to go back out at the WACA.

  • mondotv on December 16, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    @Jagger - not really sure that's fair on Broad. He is probably he only guy in the English team who has performed above expectations. I'm an Aus fan but Broad, villain or not, is tough as nails. It was the doctor that ordered him off for scans - not Broad - he was desperate to get out there and bowl. You can't bowl fast if you can't bear weight on the foot. I will be very surprised if it is not a fracture to Broad's foot. Lets not forget Faulkner got hit by a ball in the Perth nets and broke his hand with all the protection a batting glove gives you.

  • on December 16, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    This looks little embarrassing, Broad surely has a Fracture, and England dont want to give more Glory to Johnson, Now Clarke can officially warn others " Hey mate he is going to break your foot" Just as he Warned Anderson

  • on December 16, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    @ Mah Kong Howe (December 15, 2013, 15:53 GMT), Why should England need to fly in reinforcements? They have three fast bowlers in their squad, that they put in to use in Perth(!?!), that should be able to take his place. That is why you tour WITH A SQUAD!

  • dunger.bob on December 16, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    Let's say for arguments sake that England get themselves into a position where it's worth sending Broad out there. So, out he goes, hobbling like hell, and faces the music. .. Hands up those who don't believe our bowlers will try and york him again?

    If it comes to pass we'll probably be blasted for picking on him but I say that if it does get that close our players will do everything they can to get him out and rightly so. It's not a charity game.

  • on December 16, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    I don't see how batting in this test could be a good idea for Broad, despite his obvious courage and commitment. Australia's bowlers have been ruthless, to say the least, and won't shy away from aiming for the injured foot. He hasn't got the skill to keep them out either, not like Graeme Smith did a few years back.

    He'll be missed (even from an Australian point of view). Only he, Root and Bell have shown any fight so far. I hope he is fit for Melbourne.

  • on December 16, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    aussie is getting just home team advantage and similarly sa will in sa

  • jmcilhinney on December 16, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    @Jagger on (December 15, 2013, 18:36 GMT), did you even read the story? They don't know yet whether it's broken and he's in pain. Are you actually suggesting that he should go out and bowl, probably ineffectively due to the pain, and possibly aggravate the injury to the point where he might put himself out for the rest of this series and beyond as well? Why not just post what you you really want to and say that you hate Broad and England rather than making pathetic attempts to make him seem like he's wussing out when he's undoubtedly following the advice of doctors and most likely his coach as well?

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 16, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    I do not know where a commentator gets off on implying or directly saying this guy does not want to bowl. he is at least motivated and it would be rank to send out there with him in danger of further injury. He alone virtually has turned up in Australia. Therefore if he were not fit for Boxing Day we would really be up the creak. The reserves are variedly tall. Tremlett though lacking now what made him so effective, would at least go out and try. Finn would try out our patience massively as he seems to be partially incapable of learning and Rankin I suspect lacks the class. It would on balance have to be Tremlett to replace Broad if he is not fit.

  • on December 15, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    Hope he comes out and bats and johno takes the foot again.

    It's what the poms deserve after the last 4 years!

  • on December 15, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    The Australian pace attack is good, but imagine if Pat Cummings - the fastest bowler in the country - Patterson and Starc were available for selection. Throw in Doug-the-rug and our fast bowling stocks are terrific. We are still searching for a world-class spinner, for Hughes or Maddison to become Warner's partner, and a young middle-order player. What this team does extremely well is catch and field. It makes an enormous difference.

  • Biggus on December 15, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    @Jagger:-To be fair mate even if there isn't a break there will be heavy bruising and some very unhappy nerves in the affected area and I'm not surprised he can't bowl atm. Boxing Day is another thing though, no break and he'll be OK for then, or at least ought to.

  • ShutTheGate on December 15, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    I wonder if the Barmy Army will be singing songs about Johnson during the next Ashes tour of the UK.

    Perhaps the Aussie public should really take revenge by really rubbing in it to Prior or Trott if he returns. They almost helped to ruin MJ's career, maybe we should return the favour.

  • TPIGOLD on December 15, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    Just like Ian Botham did, Stuart Broad has the ability to give it back to Australia,. Broad needs better support particularly from the likes of the 'once' swaggering Pietersen and other senior players. As an Australian, it is very hard not to enjoy the way Broad plays his cricket, so for the sake of great cricket I hope he is fit for the Boxing Day Test. Best of luck champ...

  • on December 15, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    isn't it ironic that the Aussies have now given Broad trouble walking. Life's a beatch.

  • Chris_P on December 15, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    @Jagger. Have you ever had a foot injury? He had the top of his unprotected foot smashed by a 145 kph cricket ball meaning his foot probably swelled to double its normal size. Broad has really copped it from our supporters this tour & he has showed plenty of grit & bottle with top bowling efforts & a pretty gutsy knock in England's first innings at the Gabba.

  • on December 15, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Mr Jagger how rude is that? it is really unfortunate that fans put a game above the health of a player even depressing ! broad is a team man to the core and we don't even know what kind of an injury he has had... he s in obvious pain and it might be disastrous if he continues to bowl through intense pain while serving no purpose to an already lost match ! please have some consideration for the blokes who slog in there! this is just a sport not a gladiatorial battle!

  • Jagger on December 15, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    So the foot is not broken or fractured but he refuses to bowl? If the MRI (from England?) comes back negative, where does that put Broad? I'm sure his teammates will be interested in the result, especially after chasing leather around the park in 40 degree heat yesterday.

  • on December 15, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    If england get a target,Broad will fight very hard for his form.

  • strikeforce2003 on December 15, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    If Broad getsvto bat, it will be with chasing for a WIN, should that situation arise anything can happen in cricket

  • Cool_Jeeves on December 15, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Vincent coster, perhaps they should fire Gooch as coach and draft him in as a batsman.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on December 15, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    @pretoria I think you give Australia too much credit. Our bowling attack is definitely world class but we're not unplayable and that SA batting lineup has infinitely more to offer than the English batsmen. Also, SA has an attack that is absolutely top shelf in every way, not only is it packed with great bowlers but they all have something different to offer the batsmen. With our fragile batting lineup (Watson is a #6, Bailey is not a test batsman)I can't see us winning, but I am hopeful we can make a good fist of it and possibly come away with a draw. If we manage to not lose horribly and show some decent batting performances I'll be more than pleased with the way things are coming back together.

  • pretoria on December 15, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    As a SA supporter, it is definately not good news that Aus play so well and specifically their bowling attack. It will be a cracking series in SA in February. Depending how well SA do in the two coming tests against India, the smart money will be on SA batting vs Aussie bowling. If SA can post decent first innings scores the ballance may be slightly in SA's favour. The two key players are Graeme Smith and J. Kallis. They have played very little cricket over the last few months (Smith had one very decent innings against Pakistan in the UAE, but it was again played in SA's secvond innigs). Anyway, there was very little fight in the Eng team with nobody really showing any guts - quite dissappointing. It was also again very clear: catches win matches! Interesting that J. Anderson - who was recently made out to be the best fast bowler in the world by his Fleet Street media - is no-where. Harris, in contrast, presented himself as a champion while Haddin saved the day more than once.

  • on December 15, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Pity Broad's contributions are being cut short. It's not too late for England to fly in reinforcements is it?

  • Dashgar on December 15, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    He's a great villain but also a tough man and a hard trier. One of the few Englishmen showing any fight in this series. Hopefully he makes it back so we can continue to boo him. And I say that with all respect.

  • on December 15, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Yes to Aaron

  • on December 15, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    As an Australian, its a shame to see Englands best and gutsiest player injured. Can we safely say that Mitch has now sent 2 poms packing (trott + broad) due to his bowling?

  • ThatsJustCricket on December 15, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    This is bad. While I have hated Broad's antics time and again, there is no denying that he has been the best Eng bowler this series. This is a massive blow. Wish he gets well soon.

  • Mitty2 on December 15, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Not good news for me. I've been looking forward to the Boxing Day test as ever (haven't missed a 'G test since... Can't remember) where I've got tickets for the first three days and above all, I wanted a competitive match. Broad for all his flaws has actually grown on me, and his comical antics (think the seven minute sight screen delay then being bowled leg stump first ball, shoe-lace tying and time wasting, and of course, walking) have been out-matched by some really impressive displays of heart and courage. And now for England's best bowler to probably miss the game which will be a dead rubber but I'll be attending? Well, good for Australia, not for me.

  • Wayne_Larkins_Barnet on December 15, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    He and Bell are England's best players, I hope he is ok. I used to really dislike him but he's shown his worth on the field and is a very good player.

  • on December 15, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Maybe other bowlers will step in and bring about a win. England has relied on its bowlers far too long. It's time the batsmen did something. It's time they fired Graham Gooch for starters as the batsmen have failed routinely and emphatically since he became a "coach"

  • kepler22b on December 15, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Posted by Shaggy076 on (December 15, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

    It wasn't just the English - most Australians had written him off too; many are just summer cricket fans and don't pay attention to 'pyjama' cricket because its not 'real' cricket. Johnson bowled fantastically in India, so those of us who watch all forms (thanks cricinfo) knew he was back in form.

  • Bockee on December 15, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    I couldn't understand why they left out Onions - they must be regretting it now!

  • tickcric on December 15, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Wish Broad a quick recovery. But really the MRI report has to come from England! And I thought the England team brought the whole of England with them.

  • Bonehead_maz on December 15, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Broad's not just been best English bowler this series, he's been test cricket's highest wicket taker this year ! ....... and a long way in front of second (Jimmy). Am sad to know he's been hurt - he's a wonderful cricketer. Annoying as hell, but *shrug..... isn't that part of what makes wonderful cricketers ?

  • RoBoBobster on December 15, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Call up Chris Jordan. he's quick, and as the series is basically over it can't hurt to take a risk. The fact Mills seemed to outbowl him in the development games is probably partly because as they're both quick, Jordan seemed comparitively slower than normal so was easier to play whilst Mills' pace (being a little faster) would still be v. hard to play for 2nd team batsmen. IMO at the moment Jordan would come out better vs higher quality batsmen. hope Broad gets better though. also, thank God we played Stokes, as otherwise we would only have had 3 bowlers and Root may have been busy n.b. he's a great fielder and decent bat aswell

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on December 15, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Well looking at it positively he -Broad- can feel relieved he wont be facing the carnage at the 'G' front of 1 lac people and not have to bowl at red hot Clarks/Warners etc. Also be part of a team beaten 4-0. Not facing certain Mitch. Silver linings .

  • on December 15, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Best English bowler by some distance and a massive blow.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on December 15, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    SOS call to Onions then? Too little too late... Just forfeit remaining two games and get back to U.K. for Christmas please England. This series is over.

  • sawifan on December 15, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    With Anderson as harmless as he always is in Australia (against Australia?!?), how will England find wickets without Broad? He has been head and shoulders above the next best English bowler. I, personally, will be sorry to see him out of action. One of the few Poms to show any grit and guts thus far. This Aussie fan is hoping his actually is fit for Melbourne and Sydney. Hoping for a quick recovery. Good luck Broad.

  • Shaggy076 on December 15, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Johnson adds another one to the collateral damage tally, Broad joins uch more credentialled batsman in Graeme Smith, Kallis, Sangakkara any many others. Great for him to show the English supporters who have scoffed at his credentials what he can really deliver.

  • Shaggy076 on December 15, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Johnson radar is certainly on, and I recall before the series how many English supporters scoffed that he would have any impact and no chance of

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  • Shaggy076 on December 15, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Johnson radar is certainly on, and I recall before the series how many English supporters scoffed that he would have any impact and no chance of

  • Shaggy076 on December 15, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Johnson adds another one to the collateral damage tally, Broad joins uch more credentialled batsman in Graeme Smith, Kallis, Sangakkara any many others. Great for him to show the English supporters who have scoffed at his credentials what he can really deliver.

  • sawifan on December 15, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    With Anderson as harmless as he always is in Australia (against Australia?!?), how will England find wickets without Broad? He has been head and shoulders above the next best English bowler. I, personally, will be sorry to see him out of action. One of the few Poms to show any grit and guts thus far. This Aussie fan is hoping his actually is fit for Melbourne and Sydney. Hoping for a quick recovery. Good luck Broad.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on December 15, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    SOS call to Onions then? Too little too late... Just forfeit remaining two games and get back to U.K. for Christmas please England. This series is over.

  • on December 15, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Best English bowler by some distance and a massive blow.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on December 15, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Well looking at it positively he -Broad- can feel relieved he wont be facing the carnage at the 'G' front of 1 lac people and not have to bowl at red hot Clarks/Warners etc. Also be part of a team beaten 4-0. Not facing certain Mitch. Silver linings .

  • RoBoBobster on December 15, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Call up Chris Jordan. he's quick, and as the series is basically over it can't hurt to take a risk. The fact Mills seemed to outbowl him in the development games is probably partly because as they're both quick, Jordan seemed comparitively slower than normal so was easier to play whilst Mills' pace (being a little faster) would still be v. hard to play for 2nd team batsmen. IMO at the moment Jordan would come out better vs higher quality batsmen. hope Broad gets better though. also, thank God we played Stokes, as otherwise we would only have had 3 bowlers and Root may have been busy n.b. he's a great fielder and decent bat aswell

  • Bonehead_maz on December 15, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Broad's not just been best English bowler this series, he's been test cricket's highest wicket taker this year ! ....... and a long way in front of second (Jimmy). Am sad to know he's been hurt - he's a wonderful cricketer. Annoying as hell, but *shrug..... isn't that part of what makes wonderful cricketers ?

  • tickcric on December 15, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Wish Broad a quick recovery. But really the MRI report has to come from England! And I thought the England team brought the whole of England with them.

  • Bockee on December 15, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    I couldn't understand why they left out Onions - they must be regretting it now!