England’s one of the important pace bowlers Stuart Broad suffered a heart-wrenching injury which cast a shadow on his participation in the Lord’s Test against South Africa. Broad bowled just one over before leaving the pitch as his Nottinghamshire side defeated Leicestershire by an innings after complaining of pain in his left heel. An ECB spokesperson confirmed that Broad’s heel will be scanned in the next 24 hours to detect the problem.
With the Lord’s Test is just weeks away, Broad’s injury could rock the England camp. With Chris Woakes is already out of the first Test due to injury which he suffered during England first Champions Trophy 2017 match against Bangladesh, Broad’s heel conundrum is a big concern for the English team.
Along Broad, England’s premier all-rounder Ben Stokes is not in good shape due to his sore knee and bowling spearhead James Anderson has just recovered from a thigh injury.
Before his stressed heel, Broad showed interest to play in the Royal London Cup final at Lord’s on July 1, just five days before the first Test against the Proteas. England team management also wants their bowling star gain a pink ball experience during the day-night Championship matches that are scheduled to take place next week. Now, there is a huge possibility that Broad could be rested keeping his stressed heel in mind.
Broad has been nurturing his heel problem for some time now. After Notts’s comfortable victory, coach Peter Moores said Broad was taken off the field as a precaution. “Stuart had a bit of pain on his heel,” Moores said. “He’s had it for a while. If the situation had been different he could have pushed on through it but there was no need to so he came off and we’ll monitor it and look after him,” Moores signed off.