Investec Ashes 2013 July 4, 2013

Broad confirms Ashes fitness

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Stuart Broad has expressed his confidence that he will be fit for the first Test of the Investec Ashes series which starts in front of his home crowd at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.

Broad was forced to miss England's warm-up game against Essex at Chelmsford after sustaining an injury to his right shoulder while diving to regain his ground while batting in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy.

He subsequently had a cortisone injection on Monday in an aim to ease the inflammation and pain and returned to some gentle bowling on Wednesday.

"I couldn't be more confident that I will be 100% right," Broad said. "If the series started today I'd be ready to go. It only really hurt when I got to the top of my bowling action and that was where the swelling was. So I had an anti-inflammatory injection to get rid of the swelling.

"How it pulled up two days after the injection was the major part and that was yesterday. I managed to bat and bowl and do some running without any pain, so I am very confident I'll be fine for Trent Bridge."

Broad missed three Tests of the victorious 2010-11 Ashes series after sustaining a side injury and the second half of the successful Test series in India before Christmas due to a heel injury. If fit, he is almost certain to share the new ball for England with James Anderson.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY TenDonebyaShooter on | July 7, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    I recall seeing a statistical analysis on this site recently comparing Broad's best performances with his lean days and suggesting that along with Harmison and Caddick (players who seem to arouse considerably less affection), he was one of the most inconsistent of recent test players. His stats against Australia seem to back this up; 20 wickets at 35.25, but more than half of those wickets came in two innings, and if you take those out he averages 65. I am aware of a contrasting argument that one should not cherry-pick a players record in this way, and I agree that judgements about whether a bowler is good or bad should be based on the totality of their performances, not the omission of one or two according to convenience. Nonetheless, I do think that if one goes into a test with a four-man bowling attack, one of whom is consistent, one is leaving a few hostages to fortune.

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | July 6, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    Broad will leave the field after he is knocked around a bit complaining of stiffness in his arm.Then will return to mop up the tail guaranteeing his place in the next test. One thing this Australian tail can bat,he might be in for a big shock.

  • POSTED BY H_Z_O on | July 6, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Got no problem with Broad playing as long as he pitches the ball up! When he does he's an excellent bowler. I'm not saying he shouldn't bowl a bouncer (he can bowl a pretty good one) but it needs to be a surprise delivery, with most things pitched up. Hopefully that 7-44 at Lords will stick in his memory, not to mention the 5-37 at the Oval in 2009. Watson, Ponting, Hussey, Clarke and Haddin. Clarke survived just the 7 balls for 3. If he can come close to repeating that, we'll be in with a good shout.

  • POSTED BY shad11 on | July 6, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    looking at broad as an overrated bowler or saying that bresnan or onions are better than him is absolute rubbish. he is way better than bresnan and he has been an integral part of the team for last 4 years. he is the guy who won england the final test at oval in 2009. i would certainly rate him among top 7 quicks in the world right now in any format.

  • POSTED BY SICHO on | July 6, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    well lets face it, Broad is not that good bowler as people think. He's only "good and effective" when batsmen are after him or playing horrible strokes. Against calm and composed batsmen (i.e. Hashim Amla), well........, you know what happens. Good for him because that's what the Aussies like, and he might become handy this series.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 5, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    @landl47 on (July 5, 2013, 2:53 GMT) They were also the 3 seamers who played in NZ where Eng struggled to get a draw. For me Jimmy is the best pace bowler and you could choose 2 from 4 for the remaining places

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (July 5, 2013, 15:35 GMT) Not noticed CT do anything of note since returning

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | July 5, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Broad should only be picked as long as he is: (a) 100% fit; (b) hands over a signed promise that he will bowl full (as he did against NZ as maximum6 stated) and not short-pitched rubbish as he so often loves to do.

    Anderson and Swann are shoe-ins; Really in my opinion there's only a coin-toss between the likes of Finn, Bresnan, Onions, Broad, Tremlett... It would be so interesting if England plucked up the courage to try two spinners, but hey - that will NEVER happen, just like the 5-1-5 formation is nothing but a pipe-dream now.

  • POSTED BY trav29 on | July 5, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    love how everyone keeps going on about how over-rated broad is , in the last 2 years despite having injury problems he has taken exactly the same amount of wickets in tests as Anderson and at a significantly better average

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | July 5, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Good news. He certainly knows how to beat australia.

  • POSTED BY YogifromNY on | July 5, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Agree with @malomay. I hope Broad is confirmed fit to play, so that the Eng team can leave out another player who can actually bowl and bat. Broad's presence in the English team delights...... the opposition. Most over-rated player in this English side.

  • POSTED BY TenDonebyaShooter on | July 7, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    I recall seeing a statistical analysis on this site recently comparing Broad's best performances with his lean days and suggesting that along with Harmison and Caddick (players who seem to arouse considerably less affection), he was one of the most inconsistent of recent test players. His stats against Australia seem to back this up; 20 wickets at 35.25, but more than half of those wickets came in two innings, and if you take those out he averages 65. I am aware of a contrasting argument that one should not cherry-pick a players record in this way, and I agree that judgements about whether a bowler is good or bad should be based on the totality of their performances, not the omission of one or two according to convenience. Nonetheless, I do think that if one goes into a test with a four-man bowling attack, one of whom is consistent, one is leaving a few hostages to fortune.

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | July 6, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    Broad will leave the field after he is knocked around a bit complaining of stiffness in his arm.Then will return to mop up the tail guaranteeing his place in the next test. One thing this Australian tail can bat,he might be in for a big shock.

  • POSTED BY H_Z_O on | July 6, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Got no problem with Broad playing as long as he pitches the ball up! When he does he's an excellent bowler. I'm not saying he shouldn't bowl a bouncer (he can bowl a pretty good one) but it needs to be a surprise delivery, with most things pitched up. Hopefully that 7-44 at Lords will stick in his memory, not to mention the 5-37 at the Oval in 2009. Watson, Ponting, Hussey, Clarke and Haddin. Clarke survived just the 7 balls for 3. If he can come close to repeating that, we'll be in with a good shout.

  • POSTED BY shad11 on | July 6, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    looking at broad as an overrated bowler or saying that bresnan or onions are better than him is absolute rubbish. he is way better than bresnan and he has been an integral part of the team for last 4 years. he is the guy who won england the final test at oval in 2009. i would certainly rate him among top 7 quicks in the world right now in any format.

  • POSTED BY SICHO on | July 6, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    well lets face it, Broad is not that good bowler as people think. He's only "good and effective" when batsmen are after him or playing horrible strokes. Against calm and composed batsmen (i.e. Hashim Amla), well........, you know what happens. Good for him because that's what the Aussies like, and he might become handy this series.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 5, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    @landl47 on (July 5, 2013, 2:53 GMT) They were also the 3 seamers who played in NZ where Eng struggled to get a draw. For me Jimmy is the best pace bowler and you could choose 2 from 4 for the remaining places

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (July 5, 2013, 15:35 GMT) Not noticed CT do anything of note since returning

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | July 5, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Broad should only be picked as long as he is: (a) 100% fit; (b) hands over a signed promise that he will bowl full (as he did against NZ as maximum6 stated) and not short-pitched rubbish as he so often loves to do.

    Anderson and Swann are shoe-ins; Really in my opinion there's only a coin-toss between the likes of Finn, Bresnan, Onions, Broad, Tremlett... It would be so interesting if England plucked up the courage to try two spinners, but hey - that will NEVER happen, just like the 5-1-5 formation is nothing but a pipe-dream now.

  • POSTED BY trav29 on | July 5, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    love how everyone keeps going on about how over-rated broad is , in the last 2 years despite having injury problems he has taken exactly the same amount of wickets in tests as Anderson and at a significantly better average

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | July 5, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Good news. He certainly knows how to beat australia.

  • POSTED BY YogifromNY on | July 5, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Agree with @malomay. I hope Broad is confirmed fit to play, so that the Eng team can leave out another player who can actually bowl and bat. Broad's presence in the English team delights...... the opposition. Most over-rated player in this English side.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | July 5, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    I have this horrible fear that the England selectors still think Bresnan is a first-choice test bowler. He is no more than a serviceable back-up. The seam bowlers SHOULD be Anderson, Broad and Finn, who showed in the home series against NZ that they are the best three seamers England has.

    Let's hope everyone's fit and the best side is chosen.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | July 5, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    I'm not sure the Aussies will be too disappointed if England goes with an injury clouded, under-done Stuart Broad. .. he could come out and blow us away of course, but I think they would be happy enough for England to take the risk.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | July 4, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    Broad has a depressing tendency to get injured, and those gained fielding are particularly galling.With that height and bulked up he will hit the ground hard. With only few to 200 wkts at his age he must have something going for him, so long as he bowls that full length. Hopefully the 'Enforcer' bit, so beloved of Nasser. has died a death because long hops stink. That dismantling of the Kiwis at Lords was far more amusing, and shows what he is capable of. I'd play him if fit, and decide on the othe rbowler later. Any one of them is a fair choice really, with Onions making a mark at Chelmsford, while Bresnan likes Nottingham.

  • POSTED BY malomay on | July 4, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    Oh please let him be fit...then hopefully they'll leave out the likes of Tremlett, Bresnan & Onions. Who are all far & away better bowlers than Broad. It was Broad getting injured in the last Ashes series & Tremlett playing from then on that went a huge way towards England winning.

  • POSTED BY Dangertroy on | July 4, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    Clarke scores a in the warm up match and broad passed fit to play. I love waking up to good news.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 4, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    Agree that if there's any doubt , don't play Broad. We're only playing 3 pacemen and we came unstuck in SL when we risked the very same semi fit bowler and Broad was on much better form then too

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | July 4, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    My 3 bowlers are Anderson Onions Finn with Bresnan as the allrounder for the first Test.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | July 4, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    He's been in the form of his life lately and is yet another ominous sign for Australia in time for the Ashes.

  • POSTED BY whatawicket on | July 4, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    lankymanky,great name. most sportsmen in the modern game of any sport know that the needle is part and parcel re sports injuries. if its only soft tissue then he will be fine. i can remember when he was injured in oz the bruising to his side was so plain to see

  • POSTED BY FriedEgg on | July 4, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    I'd go with Onions over Broad in any case.

  • POSTED BY lankymanky on | July 4, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    this is a big worry in my opinion that he has had to have a cortisone injection. Throughout his international career, Stuart Broad has bowled whilst carrying injuries and niggles before and his effectiveness usually reduces alarmingly when this is the case. I'm sure he will be passed "fit" but I doubt he will be a major weapon against the Australians in the first test, especially given how important the shoulder is for a fast bowler.

  • POSTED BY Narkovian on | July 4, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    He'll be fine. he's got broad shoulders.

  • POSTED BY Tigg on | July 4, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    If there's any doubt rest him. We have a 4 man attack and they must be 100% fit. Onions is probably a better bowler anyway...

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  • POSTED BY Tigg on | July 4, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    If there's any doubt rest him. We have a 4 man attack and they must be 100% fit. Onions is probably a better bowler anyway...

  • POSTED BY Narkovian on | July 4, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    He'll be fine. he's got broad shoulders.

  • POSTED BY lankymanky on | July 4, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    this is a big worry in my opinion that he has had to have a cortisone injection. Throughout his international career, Stuart Broad has bowled whilst carrying injuries and niggles before and his effectiveness usually reduces alarmingly when this is the case. I'm sure he will be passed "fit" but I doubt he will be a major weapon against the Australians in the first test, especially given how important the shoulder is for a fast bowler.

  • POSTED BY FriedEgg on | July 4, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    I'd go with Onions over Broad in any case.

  • POSTED BY whatawicket on | July 4, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    lankymanky,great name. most sportsmen in the modern game of any sport know that the needle is part and parcel re sports injuries. if its only soft tissue then he will be fine. i can remember when he was injured in oz the bruising to his side was so plain to see

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | July 4, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    He's been in the form of his life lately and is yet another ominous sign for Australia in time for the Ashes.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | July 4, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    My 3 bowlers are Anderson Onions Finn with Bresnan as the allrounder for the first Test.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 4, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    Agree that if there's any doubt , don't play Broad. We're only playing 3 pacemen and we came unstuck in SL when we risked the very same semi fit bowler and Broad was on much better form then too

  • POSTED BY Dangertroy on | July 4, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    Clarke scores a in the warm up match and broad passed fit to play. I love waking up to good news.

  • POSTED BY malomay on | July 4, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    Oh please let him be fit...then hopefully they'll leave out the likes of Tremlett, Bresnan & Onions. Who are all far & away better bowlers than Broad. It was Broad getting injured in the last Ashes series & Tremlett playing from then on that went a huge way towards England winning.