Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cricket World Cup 2011: Stuart Broad ruled out of England's campaign with side injury

Stuart Broad is to fly home from the World Cup with a side injury as England’s campaign suffered its second major injury blow in 48 hours.

Broad is expected to fly home on Wednesday and is likely to be replaced in the squad by Chris Tremlett, who has been travelling with world cup throughout the World Cup as a bowling reserve.

Broad’s exit follows two days after Kevin Pietersen left the World Cup to have an operation on a hernia injury. Losing Broad and Pietersen is a severe setback for England with the players integral parts of their batting and bowling line-up.
                                                                        STUART BROAD

The news is particularly disappointing for Broad who had his Ashes series cut short by an abdominal injury after only two Tests.
Broad suffered the injury while bowling against South Africa in Chennai on Sunday. An MRI scan after the match was inconclusive and he was sent for a second yesterday in Chittagong. The results were analysed in London by the England team doctor, Nick Peirce, and the decision was made to send him home. Side injuries are notoriously difficult to manage and scans can often not show up small tears.

A strain can easily develop into a major tear, which could take up to six weeks to heal and with that in mind, England

The injury vindicates England’s decision to keep Tremlett with the touring party. His bounce may not be as effective on the slow, low sub-continental wickets as it was in Australia but he is at least in rhythm having spent the last few weeks netting with the team.

Broad has endured a difficult World Cup. He was expensive against Holland and then missed the tie with India due to a stomach bug. The virus left him weak, he lost 5 kilograms, and he was clearly not himself during the defeat to Ireland. The weakness caused by the stomach virus could have helped cause the side injury.

“It was nothing like the Ashes injury when I felt it straight away and knew there was no real way back,” said Broad yesterday. “Adrenaline got me through the game [against South Africa] and I was okay for a couple of hours after the match but then stiffened up and got a bit sore. You have to be very careful with side strains as a bowler. They are a bit of a pain. You have to give them enough time to make sure they are 100 percent right or there will be a weak spot.”

Broad’s variation and bounce were crucial as England beat South Africa at the weekend, he finished with four for 15 from only 6.5 overs, and he is the recognised leader of the attack in one-day cricket.

source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

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