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Dec 15, 2013
England suffered a major blow on Sunday when their star bowler Stuart Broad was ruled out of action in the ongoing third Ashes 2013-14 Test at Perth against Australia. Broad was hit on the toe by a Mitchell Johnson yorker and visited a hospital for check-up.
However, Broad turned up to meet the press at the end of the third day at WACA and told that if his condition improves, he is ready to bat for England in the second innings, reports said.
In the absence of Broad, England were battered and all but beaten with Australia on the verge of regaining the Ashes at stumps. Australia led by 134 runs on the first innings after the England tail folded meekly again before lunch and the home side were dismissed for 251.
The Australians were 235 for three in their second innings at the end of play for an overall lead of 369, with Shane Watson on 29, and Steve Smith on five and two days left to play.
Broad’s unavailability for bowling due to a bruised foot further reduced their bowling options.
(With inputs from AFP)
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