[caption id="attachment_642240" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-642240" alt="Stuart Broad has an injured ankle Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/broad-gi.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Stuart Broad has an injured ankle Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Despite having injured his ankle in an ugly manner, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england" target="_blank">England</a> paceman <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/stuart-broad" target="_blank">Stuart Broad</a> believes he is nowhere close to missing the opening Ashes Test. England were playing West Indies at Lord s when Broad fell down the stairs, which hurt his previously injured heel to make things worse. Broad, in a recent interview, said he feared a career-threatening injury as a result but is now confident of getting himself out in the middle as England travel down to Australia to clash against archrivals. He also spoke about his crucial 38-run knock in the match that helped England seal the series 2-1 against West Indies, and how a sledging helped him play that. <strong>READ: <a title="Handscomb recalls his brave 82 at Chittagong" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/bangladesh-vs-australia-peter-handscomb-recalls-his-brave-82-at-chittagong-642169">Handscomb recalls his brave 82 at Chittagong</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>"It was ridiculous," Broad told <i>cricket.com.au</i>. "I was just walking out with my spikes on and my back spike just slipped down a stair and I fell down it. I said to Jimmy Anderson, 'I think I've hurt my ankle there'. Then it throbbed throughout the afternoon. There are no worries. If there was a Test next week I'd be fit to play." <p></p> <p></p>It was substitute fielder Raymon Reifer s sledging that helped Broad hit 4 fours and 2 sixes. He describes how. <p></p> <p></p>"Their 12th man (Reifer) sledged me when I walked out to bat and that just got me in a fight with everyone. It helped me get some runs, because I seem to thrive on the extra spice. I think it was a deliberate ploy to sledge me and I thanked him for it after the game. I don't think I've ever had someone sledge me before I've even taken my mark. I took offence at the fact that he wasn't even playing."