Ind vs Eng: Stuart Broad reveals reason behind many England players getting injured says, “England’s schedule is white-ball dominant” – Veteran England pacer Stuart Broad, who suffered a calf injury during a practice session and was ruled out of the India series, has revealed the reason why England players are getting injured. Broad blamed England’s schedule said that it is white-ball dominant and players’ bodies are not prepared for the five-day cricket. (Ind vs Eng 2nd Test)
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In his blog for daily mail Stuart Broad wrote, “Sadly, I won’t be the last England injury of this series — not with the GPS ‘red zones’ as they are for players right now. The difficulty with the 2021 schedule being so white-ball dominant is that bowlers have just not built up overs in the bank. Say Saqib Mahmood had been drafted in for this Test.”
Broad feels that England players are trained for white-ball cricket and not for red-ball cricket as the schedule is such that they have to play more limited-overs games. Broad feels that you just can’t ask a bowler to play red-ball cricket without any proper practice.(Ind vs Eng 2nd Test)
“He hasn’t played a red-ball game for 10 weeks and it’s very difficult to play a four or five-day match without some kind of workload behind you. It’s why bowlers do not come back from injury and play straight away. At that point, your body is in what we call the red zone. A point at which you are susceptible to breaking down. It needs to be conditioned to bowling a greater volume of overs over time. Unfortunately, the way the fixtures are there is no way of doing that. Normally going into an August Test series, you would have two or three rounds of Championship matches in July to get ready,” Broad wrote.
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How the injury happened
Broad sustained the injury during the warm-up at Lord’s. As per UK media reports, the 35-year-old was not able to place any weight on his right leg after the incident. He underwent a calf strain or Achilles tendon problem that ruled him out of the ongoing five-match series. Broad was supposed to play his 150th Test at the Mecca of Cricket, but now his place in XI is in jeopardy. (England’s schedule)
“I jumped the hurdle double-footed and as I landed on the edge of my right foot, my ankle gave way and I felt the weirdest sensation. Imagine being whipped across the back of your leg as hard as is possible. I turned to Jimmy Anderson and said: ‘Did you just whip me?’ He told me later that I did so with a face of thunder. With a look that said: ‘I want to kill you.’ But I immediately knew from his expression and response of, ‘I was nowhere near you, mate,’ that something was badly wrong. Moeen Ali said that it looked like I slipped; Sam Curran said he heard a pop. Unable to put any weight through my foot — I still can’t — as I hobbled off, I realised I had done something pretty significant. It felt like the worst possible cramp,” English pacer wrote.
“Jimmy came in immediately after the fielding session, to see how I was, followed by Joe Root, Ollie Robinson and Jonny Bairstow. Ever the optimist, Joe said, ‘You never know, it could’ve just been a bee sting’. What I would have done for it to be just that, although I am not sure I could’ve lived with the embarrassment. As soon as I left the field on Tuesday, I knew my series against India was over. Even a grade one tear would have sidelined me for 10 days to two weeks and with the matches coming so thick and fast, there would have been no time to get game-ready again,” Broad added.
Meanwhile, in the 2nd Test at Lord’s, England skipper Joe Root firmly stood his ground as the Indian bowling attack managed to get the last 7 wickets they needed on Day 3. At stumps, England is all out at 391 as they lead the visitors by 27 runs. Joe Root remained unbeaten for the hosts at the crease with a brilliant 180 off 321. Jonny Bairstow helped his captain with his crucial 51 run innings. The third session saw Indian bowlers scalping five wickets in the form of Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, and, James Anderson. (Stuart Broad injured)