Stuart Broad has an injured ankle    Getty Images
Stuart Broad has an injured ankle Getty Images

Despite having injured his ankle in an ugly manner, England paceman Stuart Broad 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. READ: Handscomb recalls his brave 82 at Chittagong

“It was ridiculous,” Broad told cricket.com.au. “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.”

It was substitute fielder Raymon Reifer s sledging that helped Broad hit 4 fours and 2 sixes. He describes how.

“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.”