England named an unchanged squad for the fifth Test at The Oval, starting on Friday, August 15th, the India’s Independence day. The squad includes Stuart Broad despite of his suffering from a fractured nose while batting at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Also, Liam Plunkett was not fit enough to return into the 13-man squad, which meant Steven Finn keeps his place and could still hope of making a return to the Test side if Broad isn’t going to be risked. Plunkett, who played the first four Tests of the summer, was rested for England’s win at the Ageas Bowl and was then ruled out with an ankle injury.
Broad was struck by a Varun Aaron bouncer that squeezed between the grille and peak of his helmet. He retired hurt, as he bloodied, taking no part in India’s second innings where the vistors got dismissed in just 43 overs to give England an innings victory and a 2-1 lead in the series.
Speaking after the close of match, England captain Alastair Cook was hopeful that Broad would recover in time for the Oval Test. Broad is expected to undergo knee surgery after the end of the series, but Peter Moores, England’s head coach, said Broad would play as long as the medical staff passed him fit, rather than take the opportunity to end his season early.
“We’ll see what the specialist says. If it’s okay and he’s fully fit, we’ll definitely play him,” Moores said.
Considering Broad did not suffer concussion, which has recently becoming a high-profile issue in several sports, he could be free to play with the added protection of a plastic face mask, such as those worn by a number of footballers.
Broad tweeted a picture of his injury, which required stitches and a trip to hospital, on Sunday morning and suggested he could play while wearing a protective mask.
Little bit sore this morning but not too bad! Doc did a great job with the stitches. On to The Oval! (With a mask) pic.twitter.com/PH3kiCqufX
— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) August 10, 2014