Stuart Broad in action at Barbados (©GettyImages)
Stuart Broad in action at Barbados (©GettyImages).

Stuart Broad ruled out of T20 series

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Another injury has hit the England team as Stuart Broad, the current English captain is the latest star to be injured after Joe Root’s thumb injury which forced the Yorkshire lad out of the series and he had to fly back home. However, he is confident of returning in the T20 WC.

Talking to Sky Sports 2 after England’s 27-run defeat in the 1st T20, he said: “I've got some patella tendinitis in my right knee," Broad, who bowled just two overs that day, said.

“I've had it all winter. It's just been a managing thing all winter, but obviously the workload has been quite heavy for me - and it's gradually got a little bit worse.

“I caught my knee in the sand in (the one-day series in) Antigua, which has brought a lot of fluid into it.

“So there's not much movement in there, and I'll be missing the next two Twenty20s to have an injection to get right for the warm-up games in Bangladesh.”

He also added that after having numerous injections at the same joint, he’ll look for a rest period: “I'll have to have a rehab period at some stage in the next 12 months, between six to 10 weeks,” he added.

“But there's a decent period at the end of the English season which I can look at probably - or maybe four weeks in April. But it won't put me in doubt for the (Twenty20) World Cup.

“It's just got to the stage at the minute where I can't move, so I need to treat it before then. It's something I need to try to get rid of.”

He then compared his injury to Sunil Narine who looked in trouble in the 1st T20 too: “I just was running back at mid-off, went to flick the ball up and my knee just got caught - a little bit like Narine today, I suppose - and it immediately hurt,” he said.

“Loads of swelling came into the knee, so it's really puffy ... I'm struggling to run at the minute.”

The skipper seemed to be staggered a bit by the way the pitch played as spinners enjoyed success on the Barbados track: “(The pitch) definitely played different. There was quite a bit of grass on the wicket and we saw that all the seamers went at about eight an over or more and all the spinners got wickets with low economy rates," he said on Sky Sports 2.

“Whether that's to do with the batsmen not playing the spin particularly well or whether it's to do with it being very hard to play the spin, we'll need to analyse that.

“There will be some slower bowlers in the side come Tuesday, I think.”

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