‘Gutted’ Stuart Broad to focus on getting fit for The Ashes

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12 Aug 2021 | 05:47 AM
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‘Gutted’ Stuart Broad to focus on getting fit for The Ashes

The 35-year-old sustained a series-ending injury ahead of the second Test at Lord’s

After being ruled out of the ongoing home Test series against India due to a calf injury, a "gutted" Stuart Broad said he will take his time to recuperate and prepare for the Ashes, scheduled to begin in December.

The England seamer sustained a tear to his right calf during a warm up on Tuesday. He underwent an MRI scan in London on Wednesday lunchtime, which revealed a tear.

"Things can change so quickly. A moment before training all smiles then during the warm up, I jumped a hurdle, landed a bit awkwardly on my right ankle then the next step felt like I'd been whipped by a rope as hard as you can imagine on the back of my leg," Broad wrote on his Instagram account.

"I actually turned to @jimmya9 (James Anderson) & asked why he whipped me! but when I realised he was nowhere near me I knew I was in trouble.

"Scans say grade 3 calf. All so innocuous. Season over & gutted to miss this India Test Series but a huge focus on Australia now. Going to take my time, no rush, baby steps & be the fittest I can be heading out there. Big focus in my brain," he added

Broad had picked one wicket in the rain-curtailed first Test that ended in a draw last week. The 35-year-old, prior to injuring himself during warm-up, was all set to make his 150th Test appearance at the Home of Cricket. 

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