England pacer Stuart Broad fears that more English players will be injured during the ongoing India’s Test tour of England 2021. Stuart Board mentioned that the busy white-ball schedule for England players this year has made it tough for them to manage the workload of Test cricket. The right-arm pacer was injured after the first India vs England Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
Stuart Broad suffered a calf injury during the warm-up session ahead of the second Test at Lord’s. Broad managed to pick 1 wicket in the 1st Test after bowling 25 overs in both innings. Many England bowlers had very little practice ahead of the Test series against India, as compared to Virat Kohli and boys who took part in month-long practice sessions.
Sadly, I Won’t Be The Last England Injury Of This Series: Stuart Broad
In his column for the Daily Mail on Sunday, Stuart Broad wrote he fears that he will not be the last injury for England in the Test series against India. He also said that many English players are in the red zone of facing an injury.
“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. 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,” the 35-year-old player wrote.
The England bowler also mentioned that fewer practice sessions ahead of the India Test series is the reason why all England bowlers are in the red zone for suffering an injury.
“This summer, as there wasn’t even any second XI Championship cricket in the weeks before this series started, that hasn’t been possible, and so every single one of our bowlers was in that red zone when the first ball was sent down at Trent Bridge.
“Sam Curran went from bowling five balls at a time to being asked for 20-25 overs in a day, and it makes life difficult for the likes of Chris Woakes, trying to get back into the team,” he further wrote in his column.
Jimmy’s Desire To Keep Playing Is Quite Inspiring: Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad also praised his bowling partner Jimmy Anderson for show a spectacular form in the series. He said that Anderson’s desire to keep playing is quite inspiring. Anderson picked a 5-wicket haul in the 1st innings of the ongoing Lord’s Test.
“For us to keep in this series, Jimmy will have to have stay in this kind of form and lead an inexperienced attack. Whether he will play all five matches, I don’t know but there is a bit of a break after this match for him to rest up.
“His relentlessness and desire to keep playing is quite inspiring and highlights how English cricket’s mindset has changed from the era of Freddie Flintoff, Matthew Hoggard and Steve Harmison,” Broad further wrote.
In the ongoing India vs England 2nd Test at Lord’s, England has managed a 27 runs lead after the end of 1st innings. In response to India’s 364, England came out with 391 all-out with skipper Joe Root smacking an astonishing knock of unbeaten 180 runs.