On the third day of the fourth test between England and India at the Old Trafford, the English pacer, Stuart Broad was struck by a bouncer from Varun Aaron. And after the ball went on to hit Broad at the pace of Aaron, Broad was injured heavily on the nose.
His injury was serious as he was bleeding soon after the ball struck his nose and he was retired hurt. Not only did he manage to bat in the innings, but also the English pacer did not bowl in the 2nd innings of the match and England had to bowl without him.
There were speculations about whether or not he will play in the next test. He is also supposed to undergo a knee surgery just after the test series against India to make himself fully fit for the grand occasion of the World Cup. After his injury, it was suspected that he will not play the final test.
But recently there are reports that Broad might play in the final test of the series with a face mask. He is pretty much eager to play in the test as he desperately wants his team to win the series. England were having a bad patch in the international cricket prior to the India series. To make a win against India is just what the doctor ordered for them.
Broad was injured badly as a ball which he failed to hit went straight onto hit his nose and the grille of the helmet did not come to much of a help. He was severely injured and he went on an immediate surgery. After undergoing treatment he tweeted, “Little bit sore this morning but not too bad! Doc did a great job with the stitches. On to The Oval! (With a mask).”
This shows his desperation to play in the final test. Broad had a fabulous test series against India so far. He bagged 16 wickets in the test and he is currently the 4th highest wicket taker in the series with 16 wickets. James Anderson(21), Moeen Ali(19) and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar(18) are ahead of him. His brilliant spell in the first session of the first day brought England on the upper hand and from then they dominated in the match. He took 6 wickets in the first innings and almost single handedly broke the Indian batting’s backbone.
Broad’s name is there in the 13-man England squad for the final test at The Oval which starts from 15th August and we are hopeful to see Broad playing the test with a mask.