England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 1st day July 10, 2013

Broad, Watson injury doubts

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Stuart Broad is expected to bowl in the warm-up ahead of the second day's play at Trent Bridge and, if he is deemed fit, will be able to return immediately for England. Australia may be down one bowler for the remainder of the Test, however, after Shane Watson suffered a "lower leg niggle".

Broad was unable to take the field on the first evening after taking a blow to his right shoulder from a James Pattinson bouncer when batting. Broad, who missed England's warm-up game at Chelmsford due to an injury on the same shoulder sustained while diving for his ground in the final of the Champions Trophy, spent the start of the Australia innings having treatment on the bruise.

An ECB spokesman confirmed that the new injury was not connected to the previous one - Broad was given a cortisone injection last week to reduce the inflammation and reduce the pain - and said there were no plans to send Broad for any scans or X-rays.

Watson complained of a problem while delivering his fourth over of the match on day one. The allrounder, who has a long and troubled history of calf problems, grimaced while bowling after lunch as Australia worked their way through England's batting. While he completed the over, he spoke with the captain Michael Clarke and did not bowl again in the innings.

Darren Lehmann, Australia's coach, confirmed that Watson had a problem, and was not entirely sure of whether he would be capable of bowling in the rest of the match.

"He's got a little but of a niggle, but he's going to see Alex Kountouris (the team physio) and I presume he's going to bowl in the second innings, but we'll let you know," Lehmann said. "It's just in the lower leg, so we'll just see how it goes."

Under Clarke's captaincy Watson has endured several recurrences of hamstring and calf ailments, most recently during the 2012 Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka. After that match Watson informed the former coach Mickey Arthur that he intended to give up bowling for a time, and under Lehmann he has stated his desire to be a batting allrounder who only bowls a handful of overs each innings.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY dalboy12 on | July 11, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    I think back to the last Aussie/SA series, where many of the tests were impacted by key injuries in just about every test of the series. If this series goes the same way then it could be the team that copes best with the injuries and has the stronger squad that comes out on top, over the 10 tests as there will be injuries for both team both within the tests and between the tests.

  • POSTED BY pomkul on | July 11, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    This is absulate beauti fm aus team manegment. What a team selection fm them. Khowaja is a reserve bat, why? Why he not in playing 11 in last 18 month. Bt player like smith, phil, cowan, maxwel, rogars, watson playing regularly ahead of khowaja. I want to know why? That's why they lost every match. They lost to SA, SL, INDIA, and i'm sure they also lost agaist england 5-0. And also why AGAR is in the playing xi ahead of LYON.

  • POSTED BY pomkul on | July 11, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    I think that not a good idea. If i have lyon then why i playing agar. And i can't understood why usmaan khowaja is in the squad, i think he is the only one player who r in the squad bt did not gave the chance to play in last 18 month. I think this is a world record.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    @ Anand Jakotia - How can you compre older generation to the new one. The amount of cricket has gone up 3 or 4 times. Amount of travel these days.. and Fielding standards... Just think of cricket 20/30 years ago, players used to jogg behind the ball... 100 ball 50 was good... Loosing a match was totally alright... Test matches were played for Draw.. Todays cricket is very demanding and expectations are high... ofcourse there are rewards..

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | July 11, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    This guy is a walking liability for Australia. Bowls a few overs and then picks up a niggle, happens time and time again. Having a player injured in a test match is a massive issue as you dont have use of them for the next 4 days. He is too big a risk for the 5 day game and should be relegated to ODIs only.

  • POSTED BY Sultan2007 on | July 11, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Watson is overrated as a batsman. Yes, he can be destructive on occasion but so can Warner. He has neither the technique nor in most cases, the temperament to be a Test batsman. I am not sure whether there is a role for him in the middle order(as a specialist batsman) where reliability is critical. And now given his indifferent bowling health (and skill?) I am starting to question his true relevance in a Test side. (batting allrounder? Bowling allrouinder?). Conventional wisdom being that an allrounder should be able to justify his place as one or the other. Cant see him getting in as a bowler. No 6 ahead of Haddin? But then he has to carry his load of bowling. Not also to forget that the decision originally to open with Watson may have been opportunistic when the middle order had Clarke/Ponting/Hussey and Katich was resonably reliable. Watson of course, continues to have tremendous value in the limited overs game and that is unquestioned

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Money has contaminated the game so much that most of today's players have sacrificed patriotism and the sheer pride and privilege of representing your country, to first safeguarding their self interest and prolonging their careers, and duck out at the slightest niggle of an injury. Gone are the days of Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson, Merv Hughes, Allan Border & Mark Taylor for Australia and Viv Richards, Michael Holding, Courtney Walsh, Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, Roshan Mahanama who would grit their teeth and play on, battling the pain barrier for the honour of playing for their country.Today's players deem it more important to be fit for the lucrative commercial tournaments and behave like utter prima donna's. Don't get me wrong, I am not against the players safeguarding their health and protecting their careers/source of income. But there has to be a balance struck somewhere by the players and boards and cut out all the unwanted tournaments being played for the sake of commercialism.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | July 11, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding, regarding broad, I was only wanting to make the point that it seemed like his judgement was clouded. Maybe he was scared of having to bear the burden of putting up a score the batters couldn't make. Anyway, it's his job to be out there not mine.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | July 11, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    @jmcilhinney, really hope broad is fit to bowl today otherwise its going to be a long day for Anderson, Finn and Swann (Shades of 2002/3 and Simon jones though not as bad or career threatening).

    The other point is that people calling Broad scared have no reason to as at least hes out there facing 80-90 mph deliveries while they sit in their armchairs acting as keyboard warriors, and would probably need several changes if ever they faced a bowler of Pattinsons caliber and pace.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    "Under Clarke's captaincy Watson has endured several recurrences of hamstring and calf ailments" Why, only under Clarke's captaincy? He had always been injury prone!

  • POSTED BY dalboy12 on | July 11, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    I think back to the last Aussie/SA series, where many of the tests were impacted by key injuries in just about every test of the series. If this series goes the same way then it could be the team that copes best with the injuries and has the stronger squad that comes out on top, over the 10 tests as there will be injuries for both team both within the tests and between the tests.

  • POSTED BY pomkul on | July 11, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    This is absulate beauti fm aus team manegment. What a team selection fm them. Khowaja is a reserve bat, why? Why he not in playing 11 in last 18 month. Bt player like smith, phil, cowan, maxwel, rogars, watson playing regularly ahead of khowaja. I want to know why? That's why they lost every match. They lost to SA, SL, INDIA, and i'm sure they also lost agaist england 5-0. And also why AGAR is in the playing xi ahead of LYON.

  • POSTED BY pomkul on | July 11, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    I think that not a good idea. If i have lyon then why i playing agar. And i can't understood why usmaan khowaja is in the squad, i think he is the only one player who r in the squad bt did not gave the chance to play in last 18 month. I think this is a world record.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    @ Anand Jakotia - How can you compre older generation to the new one. The amount of cricket has gone up 3 or 4 times. Amount of travel these days.. and Fielding standards... Just think of cricket 20/30 years ago, players used to jogg behind the ball... 100 ball 50 was good... Loosing a match was totally alright... Test matches were played for Draw.. Todays cricket is very demanding and expectations are high... ofcourse there are rewards..

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | July 11, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    This guy is a walking liability for Australia. Bowls a few overs and then picks up a niggle, happens time and time again. Having a player injured in a test match is a massive issue as you dont have use of them for the next 4 days. He is too big a risk for the 5 day game and should be relegated to ODIs only.

  • POSTED BY Sultan2007 on | July 11, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Watson is overrated as a batsman. Yes, he can be destructive on occasion but so can Warner. He has neither the technique nor in most cases, the temperament to be a Test batsman. I am not sure whether there is a role for him in the middle order(as a specialist batsman) where reliability is critical. And now given his indifferent bowling health (and skill?) I am starting to question his true relevance in a Test side. (batting allrounder? Bowling allrouinder?). Conventional wisdom being that an allrounder should be able to justify his place as one or the other. Cant see him getting in as a bowler. No 6 ahead of Haddin? But then he has to carry his load of bowling. Not also to forget that the decision originally to open with Watson may have been opportunistic when the middle order had Clarke/Ponting/Hussey and Katich was resonably reliable. Watson of course, continues to have tremendous value in the limited overs game and that is unquestioned

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Money has contaminated the game so much that most of today's players have sacrificed patriotism and the sheer pride and privilege of representing your country, to first safeguarding their self interest and prolonging their careers, and duck out at the slightest niggle of an injury. Gone are the days of Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson, Merv Hughes, Allan Border & Mark Taylor for Australia and Viv Richards, Michael Holding, Courtney Walsh, Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, Roshan Mahanama who would grit their teeth and play on, battling the pain barrier for the honour of playing for their country.Today's players deem it more important to be fit for the lucrative commercial tournaments and behave like utter prima donna's. Don't get me wrong, I am not against the players safeguarding their health and protecting their careers/source of income. But there has to be a balance struck somewhere by the players and boards and cut out all the unwanted tournaments being played for the sake of commercialism.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | July 11, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding, regarding broad, I was only wanting to make the point that it seemed like his judgement was clouded. Maybe he was scared of having to bear the burden of putting up a score the batters couldn't make. Anyway, it's his job to be out there not mine.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | July 11, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    @jmcilhinney, really hope broad is fit to bowl today otherwise its going to be a long day for Anderson, Finn and Swann (Shades of 2002/3 and Simon jones though not as bad or career threatening).

    The other point is that people calling Broad scared have no reason to as at least hes out there facing 80-90 mph deliveries while they sit in their armchairs acting as keyboard warriors, and would probably need several changes if ever they faced a bowler of Pattinsons caliber and pace.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    "Under Clarke's captaincy Watson has endured several recurrences of hamstring and calf ailments" Why, only under Clarke's captaincy? He had always been injury prone!

  • POSTED BY pravveens on | July 11, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Watson needs to be sent down the order, that is when he can be dangerous, in the current aussie squad, no. 5 would be ideal for him.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Sick of players getting injured. Really puzzling? Never seen in the past when players like holding, kapil dev, imran khan, botham, walsh & many more getting injured so frequently. Agreed volume of cricket has increased, but that cannot justify injuries. There were no physios/so many support staff, still players managed themselves very well. Somethings wrong in training basics/players dont understand their bodies well? Dont know? Any suggestions?

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    everybody in the world knows the solution to watsons problem.. even a kid can tell that.. just stop bowling in tests

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | July 11, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    @ landl47 Good to see someone else calling Watson for what he is. He isn't contributing with the bat, he isn't with the ball, he is 32yo, so why is he being selected? Poor Cowan is being hammered from pillar to post yet his figures are far & away better than Watson's! If he can';t bowl he should be tossed out, period. I hope for test cricket's sake Broad recovers as well.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | July 11, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    Watson should never have bowled that much. They would have been much better off to have gone in with James Faulkner instead of Hughes. Faulkner can bowl all day and not break down.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | July 11, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    @disco_bob on (July 10, 2013, 21:29 GMT), terrified? Not match-ready? Bollocks! He simply misread the length of a good bouncer. He was going to try to ride it and by the time he changed his mind to duck it was too late. It's happened to others before and Broad is a bowler who bats a bit at best. He was actually looking fairly good with the bat for a change and, if he was unable to bowl, I have to wonder how that blow affected his batting thereafter. If not for that, he may have lasted a bit longer... or maybe not.

  • POSTED BY Sunil_Batra on | July 11, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    If Watson is not fit i would bring in Khawaja, but i really hope he is ok as he brings important balance to the side. Either way i see Cowan exiting and Khawaja coming in at 3 next game and one other thing Rogers was unlucky …we still haven't got this lbw thing worked out …it was clearly a bad decision to the naked eye only to be confirmed in replay …so the barest margin of the ball is scraping the stump ..we now have a review system that confirmed it was out ?… also Starcs should have been given out …umpire thought he nicked it so turned it down …he clearly didn't nick it …hits both pads but not enough of the ball hitting the stump ….the problem lies in giving too much credence to the umpires initial call …the system needs work

  • POSTED BY farkin on | July 11, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    retire Watson he is a broken down hack now , good move opening! him boof

  • POSTED BY jackthelad on | July 11, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    Talk about Watson comparing him bowling in Test cricket and the IPL is irrelevant; in the IPL you bowl exactly four overs, usually in two-over bursts - even 'sicknote' can handle that - in Tests you bowl longer spells, against generally stronger opposition - this is clearly too much for Watson, who in any case is not a Test-class bowler and needs to take a good, honest look at his own hype.

  • POSTED BY V-Man_ on | July 11, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    Why is he even in the team!!!! He cant bat and every time he tries to bowl he picks up a niggle. How is he still in the team after the Indian disaster. Australia has been very unfair to Steve O'Keefe. He is one player deserves a chance more than any other players.

  • POSTED BY smokem on | July 11, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    Good riddance. I hope the injury keeps Watson out for the rest of the series. He hasn't performed in tests for a very long time and has become a liability since the selection panel can't seem to cut him loose.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    And so the injury list begins. Chocolate soldiers. Who knows what the Australian test side will look like by the 5th test?

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | July 11, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    So people were getting annoyed at my "repetitive" bagging a of Watson huh? This is exactly what he does to the team - despite all of his ostensible talent, he is of no use to the team; causes division and fractions; actually harms team balance with his continuous injuries (just give up bowling!); and as seen today, he will prove yet again that warm up form is a false dawn and really his technique and mentality are both inadequate for test cricket.

    I don't like to wish injury on players, but if broad's gone (although usually he would fail anyway) then there is a perfect opportunity for smith and Hughes to face a tiring three man attack. This will test their credentials - they both need to score heavily for themselves and for the team - and regardless of our strong tail, they both really need to set a good precedent for the series, and they have the perfect opportunity to do so. C'mon lads, who needs 'proper' techniques!

  • POSTED BY Dangertroy on | July 11, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    Well, that didn't take long. Good to see Watson making big runs as an opener too.

  • POSTED BY MinusZero on | July 10, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    Watson seriously should retire from tests. I have known wet paper bags that are more durable. He is better at ODI and T20 anyway

  • POSTED BY kangaroussy on | July 10, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    "I see myself as an an all rounder, I can make strong contributions with the ball". "I'm an opener". "I'm a batting all rounder". Various Shane Watson quotes over the last 2years. Jeez, Shane, if you can't bowl more than 4 overs of innocuous medium pace without getting a niggle, it's time to give it up.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | July 10, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    Hopefully some overnight treatment will fix Broad up; it's going to be very tough for England if he can't bowl. That's the problem with a 4-man attack, if one goes down the load is too much for the rest.

    As for Watson, is anyone surprised? It was a racing certainty that he'd come down with an injury as soon as he started bowling- unless it's the IPL, of course, where he seems to be able to bowl with no problems.

  • POSTED BY Indianpunjabi on | July 10, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    Shane Watson and Injury Whats New ???

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    bad sign for australia with watsons injury they should put in khwaja in the 2nd test

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | July 10, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Broad seemed terrified, obviously not match ready. He had no idea what that ball was doing or where his body was.

  • POSTED BY deeplongon on | July 10, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    Faulkner is a REAL all rounder. Pick him then.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | July 10, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    Surely this has to be the end of Watson's Test career, he is the cause of team instability in every possible way. From his petulence and prima donna posturing to his delusional belief in his own hype. This Aussie team cannot afford his inconsistency. His opening waft showed blthe disregard for his wicket, he is a short form specialist. After his India shennanigans he should have been out of the squad permanently.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | July 10, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    Watson broke down already? Funny how the serial underperformers, Watson and Cowan, continue to fail. Some things never change.

  • POSTED BY TenDonebyaShooter on | July 10, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    Injury concerns on day one of the first of two back-to-back tests are not a good sign. Probably worse news for Australia since Watson is a more important player for them than Broad is for England, I would suggest.

  • POSTED BY Partyman on | July 10, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Pathetic performances from both teams. England batting line up have got a serious problem. They believe their own hype. The likes of Root, Bell, Broad and Bairstow are very overrated. KP still seem to have an attitude problem. I would be lot happier if I was in the Aussie camp tonight. Btw, isn't it quite suspicious that Watson gets injured whenever he is called upon to bowl for Australia? He never seems to have any problems bowling in IPL.

  • POSTED BY Batmanindallas on | July 10, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    How long are the Aussies going to carry Watson? Injuries always great on potential and short on delivery. Time for Aussies to encourage Kwhaja or someone else instead of always being short never knowing when Watson is going to be injured....

  • POSTED BY Batmanindallas on | July 10, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    How long are the Aussies going to carry Watson? Injuries always great on potential and short on delivery. Time for Aussies to encourage Kwhaja or someone else instead of always being short never knowing when Watson is going to be injured....

  • POSTED BY Partyman on | July 10, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Pathetic performances from both teams. England batting line up have got a serious problem. They believe their own hype. The likes of Root, Bell, Broad and Bairstow are very overrated. KP still seem to have an attitude problem. I would be lot happier if I was in the Aussie camp tonight. Btw, isn't it quite suspicious that Watson gets injured whenever he is called upon to bowl for Australia? He never seems to have any problems bowling in IPL.

  • POSTED BY TenDonebyaShooter on | July 10, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    Injury concerns on day one of the first of two back-to-back tests are not a good sign. Probably worse news for Australia since Watson is a more important player for them than Broad is for England, I would suggest.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | July 10, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    Watson broke down already? Funny how the serial underperformers, Watson and Cowan, continue to fail. Some things never change.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | July 10, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    Surely this has to be the end of Watson's Test career, he is the cause of team instability in every possible way. From his petulence and prima donna posturing to his delusional belief in his own hype. This Aussie team cannot afford his inconsistency. His opening waft showed blthe disregard for his wicket, he is a short form specialist. After his India shennanigans he should have been out of the squad permanently.

  • POSTED BY deeplongon on | July 10, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    Faulkner is a REAL all rounder. Pick him then.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | July 10, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Broad seemed terrified, obviously not match ready. He had no idea what that ball was doing or where his body was.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    bad sign for australia with watsons injury they should put in khwaja in the 2nd test

  • POSTED BY Indianpunjabi on | July 10, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    Shane Watson and Injury Whats New ???

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | July 10, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    Hopefully some overnight treatment will fix Broad up; it's going to be very tough for England if he can't bowl. That's the problem with a 4-man attack, if one goes down the load is too much for the rest.

    As for Watson, is anyone surprised? It was a racing certainty that he'd come down with an injury as soon as he started bowling- unless it's the IPL, of course, where he seems to be able to bowl with no problems.