Side Strain Rules Broad Out Of Cricket World Cup

Side Strain Rules Broad Out Of Cricket World Cup
Side Strain Rules Broad Out Of Cricket World Cup
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Stuart Broad, the England fast bowler, has been ruled out of the remainder of England's Cricket World Cup campaign with a side strain.

He suffered the injury during his side's six-run victory over South Africa in Chennai and following scans, the decision has been made for him to return home.

"Stuart felt some discomfort following the South Africa match and our initial assessment indicated a strain to his left side," England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief medical officer Nick Peirce commented.

"Subsequent scans have confirmed a significant side strain injury - where the muscle attaches the rib - that will rule him out of the remainder of the World Cup.

"This is a new injury, separate from the abdominal tear suffered during the Ashes, that requires a period of recuperation and rehabilitation and the duration of this recovery period will be determined following further assessment in the UK."

Broad took four for 15 to help England win by six runs against South Africa - a result they badly needed having lost to Ireland and tied with tournament favourites India in their previous two matches.

They opened their campaign with a six-wicket win over the Netherlands while Broad has now taken six wickets at 25.50 during the World Cup.

The latest injury setback comes in the wake of Eoin Morgan replacing Kevin Pietersen who has had to fly home for an operation on a hernia problem.

Morgan was originally ruled out of the tournament with a fractured finger while Broad missed the India match with a stomach bug.

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