Stuart Broad targets India T20 game for return

Broad missed the final ODI against India and a two match T20 series against West Indies after he tore a shoulder muscle earlier this month AFP

London: Sep 27, 2011

England’s Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad said on Monday he was determined to be fit enough to make his international return against India in a Twenty20 game in Kolkata on October 29.

The 25-year-old pace bowler missed the final one day international against India and a two match Twenty20 series against West Indies after he tore a shoulder muscle earlier this month.

However, on Monday the Nottinghamshire county star told Sky Sports News that having originally been pessimistic about making the match in India he was now aiming to play in it.

“It’s (the shoulder) going to be okay,” said Broad, who was the somewhat surprise choice to replace Paul Collingwood as Twenty20 skipper last May.

“I’ve got it in mind that I want to play that Twenty20 game in India. It’s a tight target but you’ve got to have those targets to get you through the mornings in the gym.

“The muscle’s torn so it takes time to heal. I’ve got another week’s rest then it’s rehabilitation in October. It’s an intense rehabilitation programme and I’m looking forward to getting under way.”

Broad, son of former England opener and now test umpire Chris, had a successful summer as England overwhelmed India in the one dayers and the test series to replace them as test cricket’s number one side.

Broad’s most memorable moment of the summer came when he became only the 12th Englishman to take a test hat-trick when he dismissed India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar in the second Test. (AFP)