Stomach Injury Ends Broad's Ashes Campaign

Stomach Injury Ends Broad's Ashes Campaign
Stomach Injury Ends Broad's Ashes Campaign
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England all-rounder Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the rest of the Ashes series in Australia after he tore an abdominal muscle during the second Test in Adelaide.

Broad suffered the injury during England's innings-and-71-run win and was only able to bowl 11 overs in the second innings.

He is now due to return home and having been ruled out of the entire tour of Australia, which also includes two Twenty20 Internationals and seven One-Day Internationals, will set his sights on recovering in time for the 2011 World Cup, which begins in February.

“Stuart has a torn abdominal muscle and as such will take no further part in the current Ashes tour of Australia," ECB chief medical officer Nick Peirce said.

"Given the nature of the injury Stuart has been ruled out of the forthcoming ODI series against Australia as well.

“Stuart will return to England shortly to commence a rehabilitation programme and we expect him to make a full recovery in time for the World Cup next year.”

Broad added: “Playing for England in an Ashes series in Australia has been something I’ve dreamed of for a long time so to have that cut short by injury is devastating.

“So far the series has been everything I had anticipated and knowing I’ll play no further part is quite hard to take.

“Given the way we had started the series I was looking forward to playing a leading role in England retaining the Ashes, but that’s not to be.

“Injuries happen and there’s nothing I can do about it other than make sure I get stuck into rehabilitation and come back stronger in time for the World Cup next year.

“This winter is a big one for the England team so my focus will have to shift to preparing for the World Cup.”

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