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March 10, 2014
In what may come as another blow to an already reeling England side, it has been confirmed that skipper Stuart Broad will not play the remainder of the three-match T20 series against the West Indies thanks to a knee injury.
Broad who was part of England’s 27-run loss in the first T20 match at Bridgetown suffered from ‘patellar tendonitis’ which has forced him out of the rest of the two T20 matches and will probably require medical help if he ever hopes of representing England in the ICC World T20 to start in Bangladesh in March, reported BBC.
The worst part about Broad’s condition is that it flared up during the game at Bridgetown and has now left the skipper shaking his head in misery.
The remainder of the two T20 games would be played in Barbados this week and also their opening fixture of the ICC World T20 is against New Zealand come March 22 and England will be led by Broad’s understudy Eoin Morgan atleast for that particular match.
When queried about his injury woes, Broad replied: “I’ve had a patellar tendonitis problem in my right knee for quite a long time.”
“With the workload I’ve had all winter I’ve not really had any breaks, so it’s got worse and worse. I just caught my knee in the sandy ground at Antigua and got a lot of inflammation and fluid on it. It was touch and go today, but I won’t be playing the next two games, and I’ll have to have some kind of injection to get me through the World Twenty20, I’d think,” added Broad who played the maximum matches by any England player in the disastrous tour of Australia.
About the defeat to West Indies in the first T20I Broad said,” It was a decent toss for them to win and we never got going with the bat. e didn’t play the spin particularly well, but that shouldn’t take away from how we’ve developed over the last couple of weeks. It’s something we can work on, although we’ve not got a lot of training time between these two games.”
“The pitch was very different to when we played here a couple of years ago. It was better for the slower bowlers. Looking at all the seam bowlers, I don’t think anyone went for under eight an over or took a lot of wickets, while the spinners had low economy rates and took wickets,” concluded Broad who also conceded that England missed a quality spinner in their ranks during the series.
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