Stuart Broad has muscle tear in right shoulder

Stuart Broad informed on Twitter that he has “torn a muscle” Getty Images

London: Sep 12, 2011

England suffered a blow after Twenty20 skipper and pacer Stuart Broad said that there is “bad news” about the extent of the injury he picked up during the fourth one-dayer against India as he has “torn a muscle”.

England are scheduled to play two T20 matches against the West Indies after the India series and if Broad’s injury is serious, it appears the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will have to find a new captain.

While the ECB confirmed that a full statement would be released in due course, Broad tweeted, “Bad news on the shoulder, torn a muscle.”

Broad could not complete his quota of overs in the fourth ODI against India at Lord’s yesterday after he suffered a shoulder injury while bowling his final over.

The pacer was given painkillers and was ready to bat at number 11 if needed during England’s chase, which ended with seven balls to still go due to rain.

With Morgan, England’s T20 vice-captain, too ruled out due to a shoulder injury there is no obvious replacement for Broad as captain.

Another cause for concern is that Broad could also miss the five-match ODI tour of India next month.

Broad bowled well at Lord’s yesterday, picking up the wickets of openers Parthiv Patel and Ajinkya Rahane in his first two overs.

It has been an injury-hit last 10 months for Broad, who was ruled out of the final three Ashes Tests last winter due to stomach strain, before picking up a rib injury during the World Cup that forced him to return home. (PTI)