Stuart Broad says he can only hope to 'manage' his problematic heel injury

Last Updated: 09/02/13 11:10am

England's T20 captain Stuart Broad says he feels good heading into Saturday's clash with New Zealand in Auckland, the first game in a three-match series.

However, the paceman added that he thinks he will be troubled throughout his career by his problematic heel injury, and that he can only "manage" the pain.

"It's a long term thing," said Broad. "It's a laceration of the fat pad, so it's not going to go away overnight, it's something I need to manage.

"It's been really good these couple of weeks, I've been able to look after it. It's one of those things that isn't going to go away with a week's rest or with a year's rest, it's just something to look after and be careful with.

"If I did anything else in the world other than bowl seam it would be fine, I don't feel it running around or batting. It's just fast bowling but it's not a major problem and I don't get too down about it, it's just something I have to manage.

"We've got a great management team on the physical side, using gel pads to protect it.


"I've been to specialists all over the world to see what they can do but there's no operation suitable for it. It's manageable at the moment and we're doing pretty well with it at the moment.

"If I wake up in the morning and I can bowl then it's fine. I can really only take it day-by-day but, heading into the ODIs, it feels pretty good."

Broad had to leave England's Test tour of India early because of the pain in his heel but has returned to the fray in this week's T20 warm-up matches and finished with aggregate figures of 6-46, including a hat-trick.

He said: "It was nice to get back on the field and get some overs in.

"Obviously, it's been quite a good build-up for me, with four-over spells rather than going straight back into the impact of Test matches.

"From a personal point of view, it was nice to bowl my overs and also pick up a couple of wickets and, from the team point of view, we had some good tests out there."

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