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MAGELLAN ASHES 2017-18

Broad fit for Ashes despite injury scare

14 September 2017

cricket.com.au


cricket.com.au


The England quick is adamant he will be fit for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane

England quick Stuart Broad admits he feared the worst when he suffered a freak injury during the third and final Test against the West Indies.

Broad fell down the stairs in the Lord's pavilion when returning to the field after lunch on the first day of the Test and in the process aggravated an old heel injury.

The fiery quick was sent for a precautionary scan earlier this week, but received the all clear and remains on track to play in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane that commences on November 23.

"It was ridiculous," Broad said of the injury scare.


"I was just walking out with my spikes on and my back spike just slipped down a stair and I fell down it.

"I said to (fellow England fast bowler) Jimmy Anderson, 'I think I've hurt my ankle there'. Then it throbbed throughout the afternoon. There are no worries.

"If there was a Test next week I'd be fit to play."

Despite the scare, Broad returned to the field to help England to a comprehensive nine-wicket victory over the West Indies that helped them wrap up the three-match series 2-1.

Broad picked up two West Indies wickets in the second innings, but it was his quickfire 38 in a low scoring match that gave England a first innings lead that proved pivotal in the result.

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The England No.10 smashed four boundaries and two sixes in his 45-ball knock, seemingly inspired by a sledge from an unlikely West Indies source.

"Their 12th man (West Indies substitute fielder Raymon Reifer) sledged me when I walked out to bat and that just got me in a fight with everyone," Broad admitted.

"It helped me get some runs, because I seem to thrive on the extra spice. I think it was a deliberate ploy to sledge me and I thanked him for it after the game. 

"I don't think I've ever had someone sledge me before I've even taken my mark. I took offence at the fact that he wasn't even playing."