Stuart Broad will be used in best manner: Geoff Miller

Stuart Broad is suppose to join the England squad ahead of the final two ODIs © Getty Images

Kochi: Jan 15, 2013

Raising concerns over the fitness of England‘s Twenty20 skipper Stuart Broad, national selector Geoff Miller on Tuesday said that the pacer may have to take a call in the future on which format of the game he would want to continue playing.
Broad, who flew home early from the Test series in India due to a heel injury last December, is yet to recover fully.
And Miller feels that the selectors will have to make sure that he is used in the best possible way for English cricket.
“The concern is that there have been two or three niggles that have affected his form and availability,” Miller told reporters here.
“Anybody with an injury is a concern to us and we’ve got to manage workloads as best as we can, that’s why we’re continually looking at other players. We will look at it and make sure he’s used in the best possible way for English cricket. He knows that,” he added.
Although Broad is suppose to join the England squad ahead of the final two ODIs of the ongoing five-match series, he is unlikely to play either of those games.
Currently he is visiting a kit specialist in Germany to be fitted with customised boots, aimed to alleviate the problem on his left heel that takes the brunt of the force during his delivery stride.

Hoping that Broad would not have to contemplate over choosing one format, Miller said: “At this moment of time we’re not thinking about taking him out of a format because he’s got that sort of quality, but if we reached the stage where his body wasn’t responding to all kinds of cricket then we’re open to that.

“What we have to do is react to the injury that he has at any one time. He felt, and we felt, that he had to look after his body so he went away and worked really hard at that. Since then there have been a few niggling injuries, but anybody can get them,” he insisted.

Even though Broad finished 2012 as the fourth-highest Test wicket-taker among fast bowlers, with 40 wickets at 31.70, his form deserted him in the second half of the year against South Africa and India.

His injury problems started in Australia during the 2010-11 Ashes series, when a strained stomach muscle sustained in Adelaide forced to return home early. He then suffered a rib injury during the World Cup followed by a shoulder injury late in the 2011 home season.