Broad comeback delayed
Stuart Broad’s return to action has been put back due to the adverse British weather conditions, as snow ruined the bowler’s travel arrangements in his bid to link back up with the England squad in India.
Broad has been back in England since November recovering from a heel injury that had been niggling the bowler for much of 2013. The problem came to a head during England’s second Test in India, which forced Broad to head home in and rest up over the festive period.
The 26-year old was due to return to India for the final couple of ODI’s, but will instead now join back up with the squad when they arrive in New Zealand, ready to lead the team in the first Twenty20 in Auckland on February 9.
The lack of game time before then will be a worry to the management, but Broad has been working in the nets since the start of the year and a T20 game may well be a better format to return in than a 50-over game.
England’s one-day coach Ashley Giles admitted the delay had disrupted the team’s plans, but believes there is still plenty of time to get Broad ready before the first Twenty20 game of the New Zealand tour.
“It’s not ideal because we were hoping for him to come out here and, whether or not he played in one of the last two games, just do some prep for New Zealand,” admitted Giles to cricket betting news reporters.
“But we have a bit of time in New Zealand and he’ll meet us there. It can’t be helped; you can’t do much about snow.”
Broad will be as desperate as anyone to get back to playing. The bowler will know his place in the team for this summer’s Ashes series is anything but guaranteed, and the next few months will be essential for Broad to prove he is still an integral part of England’s Test plans.
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