Broad out of World Cup
Seamer to return home immediately for rehab on side strain
Last Updated: March 8, 2011 7:35pm
Broad: Ruled out
England paceman Stuart Broad has been ruled out for the rest for the World Cup after suffering a side strain.
Although not considered as serious as the injury he sustained during the Ashes series, the ECB has said Broad must return home for treatment.
The news is a further blow to England's hopes of lifting the trophy, following Monday's announcement that Kevin Pietersen will play no further part in the tournament due to a hernia.
Broad had been instrumental in bowling England to a crucial victory over South Africa on Sunday with career-best figures of 4-15 - a performance that has come at a price.
The Nottinghamshire quick had earlier been hopeful the injury would not be as devastating as the one he suffered in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide that forced him to miss the rest of the tour.
"It's in a different area. I didn't get the short stabbing pain that I did in the Ashes, so that's a good sign this is not as severe as that," he said.
"I felt a little bit tight during the South Africa game. It started to throb a little bit throughout my second spell."
Broad is likely to be replaced by fast bowler Chris Tremlett, who has been with the England squad throughout their campaign as a stand-by player.