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

Broad in doubt for Boxing Day Test


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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  • Patrick 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!!!?

  • Pankaj 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.

  • Pankaj 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.

  • Arvind 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.

  • Arvind 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?

  • W 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.

  • des 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.

  • John 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.

  • Android 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

  • Dummy4 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!

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