Stuart Broad hopeful of featuring in first Test against South Africa

Stuart Broad is currently recovering from a heel injury
Stuart Broad is currently recovering from a heel injury
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England pace bowler Stuart Broad is desperately hoping to be fit in time for the first Test against South Africa that kicks-off at Lord's on 6th July.

The 31-year-old sustained a heel injury during his last outing for his club Nottinghamshire during the County Championship encounter against Leicestershire at Trent Bridge where he managed to bowl just one over in the second innings and was forced off the field as a precautionary measure.

Broad confirmed that he will undergo an assessment next week that will decide on his availability for the series opener.

"There are signs of a little bit of a tear on the pad of the heel but I have no pain when I walk or run," Broad was quoted as saying by the Times newspaper.

"There is a little bit of pain when I slam my front foot down.

"I am looking to bowl on Wednesday and Thursday next week and if I can then get through ten overs in a one-day final next week then I suggest I will be fit for the first Test."

England have already won both the One-Day International and Twenty20 International series and will be locking horns with the Proteas for a four-match Test series between 6th July and 8th August.

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