The England veteran bowler Stuart Broad has suffered an injury during the warmup games while the Indian all-rounder Shardul Thakur has been facing hamstring issues. This will be a big blow to both the camps with Stuart Broad going in to play his 150th Test at Lords and he has all the experience under his belt while Shardul Thakur had an excellent outing in the first test.
England has already setbacks with Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes all being injured and Ben Stokes is not available as he had taken an indefinite break from the game. India was on top of their game in the first test at the Trent Bridge and they looked set for a famous win until the rain gods wrapped their success.
ECB Confirms Stuart Broad’s Injury
ECB in a statement mentioned Stuart Broad twisted his right calf during the warm-up at Lords which could end up in a lot worse situation. According to the reports, Broad did not train with the England squad in the afternoon after getting injured and highlighted Broad being taken for a scan the next day. As of now, things do not look good for Stuart Broad and Mark Wood might be the bowler to replace him for the Lord’s Test.
“England seamer Stuart Broad has tweaked his right calf in today’s warm-up at Lord’s,”
“He was unable to train this afternoon with the rest of the England squad. Broad will have a scan tomorrow to determine the extent of his injury,” ECB said in a statement.
Shardul Thakur’s Hamstring Injury Scare
The Guardian reported that the Indian bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur might face a hamstring injury, which could be worrying signs for the Indian side. In the two innings, Thakur picked up four wickets combinedly and looked very impressive in the spells he bowled. However, India can get in an all-rounder, R Ashwin, or replace him with pacers Ishant Sharma or Umesh Yadav.
India had the edge in the first test and England will have to improve their batting performance to get back into reckonings.