London, July 12: Injuries and poor form have dogged premier England seamer Stuart Broad for most of the last six months. Now to add to his woes, he might just face the axe for the upcoming Test series against India. That's unless he dazzles the selectors in his county match for Nottinghamshire against Somerset beginning Monday.
Broad was dropped for the national side for the deciding one-dayer against Sri Lanka, making way for new-comer Jade Dernbach. The move must have been a big blow to Broad's morale, especially considering that he had ended a wicketless streak in the previous match.
It is no surprise that Broad has been grappling for a "foothold" in the national side owing to a sore heel and ankle which has been niggling him over the last few weeks. However, coach Andy Flower is confident that Broad will make a comeback and secure his side in the Test squad which faces India, starting July 21.
"After that he can have another four-day break to rest those niggles and then get into training for the Test match at Lord's," said Flower. "Broad's been a superb performer for us, a great competitor - and I foresee him doing great things for us in the future, both in this upcoming Test series and the one-day series."
Meanwhile, Stuart is in for some tough competition as fellow fast bowlers Tim Bresnan and Steven Finn are waiting in the wings. After all, Bresnan has made a successful return from injury during the one-day series against Lanka with eight wickets at 29 including 3/49 at Old Trafford. Meanwhile, Finn was in the one-day squad without playing.
"We wanted to try out a couple of new fast bowlers," Flower said. "Jade Dernbach has got his chance in this series, but we also had Steven and Chris in the squad. I think they've both got a future."
Bresnan will look to wow the powers that be in his Yorkshire county match against Worcestershire, but Finn doesn't have a similar opportunity as his domestic home side Middlesex is not in championship action.