Broad left heartbroken

England ace devastated his tour has been brought to an early end

Last Updated: 07/12/10 7:53am

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Distraught Stuart Broad has admitted he is "heartbroken" at seeing his Ashes tour brought to a premature end.

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"Obviously I'm heartbroken. I'm distraught at leaving the tour."
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The 24-year-old suffered a tear to his abdominal muscle during the crushing innings-and-71-run win at the Adelaide Oval.

And following consultation with England's chief medical officer Nick Peirce, Broad has been told that he will have to miss the remaining three Tests and the ODI series.

"Obviously I'm heartbroken. I'm distraught at leaving the tour," said Broad.

"Within two or three balls of my spell, I knew I was in big trouble. I immediately said to Jimmy Anderson, 'I might be struggling here'.

"I got through a few overs, but it felt like someone stabbing me in the stomach.

"I put a couple of bouncers in and I could hardly breathe. I knew my tour was over. I was going for broke then, and just trying to get a wicket before I was gone."

Hard

Having seen his dreams of emulating his father Chris - who was an integral part of England's success the last time they managed to win the Ashes in Australia - ended, Broad admitted it would now be hard for him to watch the rest of the tour.

"I've been fortunate in my career, because I've been fairly injury-free, but this is a blow," he said.

"It's going to be hard to watch, but I will be watching - because the guys are playing fantastic cricket.

"The lads have a fantastic opportunity to win the Ashes, and I hope they will keep playing this sort of cricket without me.

"It will be hard to leave this changing room. It is a fantastic place to be.

"It's a great opportunity for whoever takes my place. Everyone is capable of stepping up and delivering."

Broad has now set his sights on returning to full fitness in time for the World Cup, which starts in the sub-Continent in February.

"My next focus is to get it 100% right for the World Cup and be fresh and ready to perform then," added Broad.

"It's eight to 10 weeks' rehab, and the first World Cup game is nine weeks (away).

"But the thing about that World Cup is that it goes on for years, so even if I miss the first game I'll still be available for the end of it."

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