ENG vs IND: Stuart Broad has been banned from the ongoing India series.© AFP
England’s fast bowler Stuart Broad is in no rush and will take time to prepare for the Ashes after being banned from the entire Test series against India. Broad has a laceration to his right calf. He underwent an MRI scan in London on Wednesday, which revealed a tear. The right arm pacer sustained the injury during the warm-up at Lord’s on Tuesday afternoon. “Things can change so quickly. A moment before training all smiles, then during the warm up I jumped a hurdle, landed a little awkwardly on my right ankle and the next step felt like I had been hit by a rope as hard as I did you can imagine on the back of my leg,” Broad said in an Instagram post.
“I actually turned to @jimmya9 and asked why he was hitting me! but when I realized he wasn’t near me I knew I was in trouble. Scans say grade 3 calf. All so harmless.”
The first Ashes Test will be played at Brisbane’s Gabba from December 8-12, prior to a day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval from December 16-20.
“Season over and sad to miss this India test series but now a huge focus on Australia. I’m going to take my time, no rush, baby steps and be the strongest I can go there,” Broad continued.
“Great focus in my brain. Good luck to the @englandcricket boys this week. I’ll be watching every ball from my couch hoping to see runs and wickets in the glorious sunshine of the Lord,” he added.
The first Test between India and England ended in a draw after rain was a bummer on the final day of the Test.
The visitors looked set for victory, taking 157 runs to win on the final day, with nine wickets in hand, but the weather gods had something else in mind. The second test starts on Thursday.
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