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

Broad, Watson injury doubts


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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  • mijanur 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.

  • mijanur 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.

  • Dummy4 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..

  • greig 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.

  • Rahul 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • disco 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.

  • Jason 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Praveen 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.