England hopeful over Stuart Broad fitness

Solenn Plantier
Juin 24, 2017

Stuart Broad will miss next week's round of floodlit championship matches to rest his chronic foot injury but England are hopeful he will be fit for the first Test against South Africa.

"I am looking to bowl on Wednesday and Thursday next week and if I can then get through ten overs in a one-day final next week then I suggest I will be fit for the first Test".

The heel injury that forced Broad to limp out of Notts' victory over Leicestershire has caused consternation among specialists who were on Friday still mulling over two scans.

They will make a late decision on the fitness of a bowler who will be integral to England's attack in the seven Tests they face this summer against South Africa and West Indies and the Ashes.

"Stuart has been assessed by the medics over the last 24 hours".

"He's got some pain and he's got a lot of cricket coming up so it needs sorting out", said coach Peter Moores. "He knows it's a big game for us in the season and he's been very much a part of the team for much of the last three months. It's already started to settle and we'll have to see how it goes over the next four or five days".

The 30-year-old has also played 10 Royal London One-Day Cup matches, capturing 10 wickets.

Moores said: "He's desperate to play in the final, as you'd expect, and it's been fantastic to have him with us with the commitment he has shown to the club".

"We're all hoping it's going to be okay. He will do everything he can to be, and now we just have to be patient and see how it turns out".

England's all-time wicket-taker James Anderson made a successful return to fitness in Lancashire's win against Hampshire, taking 6-109 as his county won by an innings, but all-rounder Chris Woakes is struggling to recover from a side muscle tear.

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