Broad fine after foot scare

England seamer leaves practice after taking blow while batting

Last Updated: 15/01/12 3:22pm

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Stuart Broad: England bowler left net practice on Sunday to have foot injury iced

Stuart Broad: England bowler left net practice on Sunday to have foot injury iced

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Stuart Broad was hit on the foot while batting at nets on Sunday morning and had to leave England practice to have the injury iced.

Broad, a first-choice seamer, and certain selection for the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai on Tuesday, was still expected to join light fielding drills.

An England team spokesman said there were as yet no major concerns over the injury, and it is expected Broad will be able to bowl on Monday.

There was no need for a scan, and Broad soon confirmed via Twitter that the injury is not going to trouble him for long.

"Afternoon with my foot up being iced," he wrote. "Jimmy (Anderson) got me with an inswinging yorker in the nets ... bowling tomorrow, so no worries..."

Bad shot

Anderson too made it clear that England appear satisfied Broad's participation in the first match of a three-Test series is in no doubt.

"It's just part and parcel of cricket," said Anderson "You do get the odd knock from time to time.

"Unfortunately, the ball is quite hard - and it was a bad shot. But I think he's fine."

Even so, Broad - who was rested for England's second warm-up win over a Pakistan Cricket Board XI, having proved his well-being in the first - would have benefited from bowling on Sunday and Monday.

"It's not ideal preparation for him not bowling today," added Anderson. "But we've done plenty of bowling over the last couple of weeks.

"So we're in good condition as a bowling unit, and I don't think Stuart will be too worried."

Broad has taken 132 wickets at an average of 32 in 41 Tests since his debut in 2007.

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