Chittagong, March 8: The injuries for England are just not letting up. After opening batsman Kevin Pietersen's exit from England World Cup squad due to a hernia, fast bowler Stuart Broad has contracted a suspected side strain which might force him to quit mid-tournament as well. He picked up the injury during England's dramatic 6-run victory over South Africa at Chennai on Sunday, March 6, in which he shone with figures of 4/15.
"I felt a bit tight in the field and it sort of increased after the match, Broad told reporters in Chittagong where England are preparing to lock horns with Bangladesh on Friday. The 24-year-old is likely to miss the match.
Broad says he is waiting for the medical evidence and keeping his fingers crossed. "I am not sure how serious it is. I have had scans done and am waiting for the result. At this stage, I am doubtful about playing on Friday, but not sure beyond that. I should know in a couple of days."
"I'm not too down at the minute because I don't know what the injury is," said Broad. But obviously, I'll be bitterly disappointed if it's the end of my World Cup."
Broad has endured a horrendous time with injuries in recent months, having missed the last three Ashes Tests with an stomach strain. The seamer said he had not suffered a similar injury before. "I know it is a common injury with bowlers, but I never had it before," he said. 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. It's in a different area."
The fast bowler has claimed 130 wickets in 76 one-day internationals at an average of 25.69. England, with five points from four games, need to win one of their last two league matches against Bangladesh and the West Indies to qualify for the quarter-finals.