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Cricket World Cup: Injury ends Stuart Broad's campaign

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Group B: Bangladesh v England
Venue: Chittagong Date: Friday, 11 March (0830 GMT)
Tournament dates: 19 February-2 April Venues: India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh
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England's Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the World Cup with a side strain, the England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed.

The seamer, 24, suffered the injury during the win over South Africa on Sunday, when he starred by taking 4-15.

"Scans have confirmed a significant side strain injury," said ECB chief medical officer Dr Nick Peirce.

A replacement has not been chosen but Chris Tremlett, who is on standby with the squad, is the likely candidate.

Broad's absence is the second blow for England in as many days following Kevin Pietersen's withdrawal.

Batsman Pietersen requires hernia surgery, and has now returned to England and been replaced by Eoin Morgan.

An ECB statement confirmed Broad will also leave the squad, which is currently based in Chittagong ahead of Friday's Group B match against Bangladesh, for further assessment in the UK.

The statement continued: "Any participation in the forthcoming IPL [Indian Premier League] will be determined according to his rehabilitation timescale established in due course."

Broad missed the final three Tests of England's Ashes victory this winter because of an abdominal tear, however, the ECB revealed his latest setback, which he first felt during his second spell on the way to his four-wicket haul in Chennai, is a "new injury".

"Stuart felt some discomfort following the South Africa match and our initial assessment indicated a strain to his left side," the statement added.

There has been a few niggles going around the squad but most the lads are feeling in pretty good nick and pretty fresh

Stuart Broad

"Subsequent scans have confirmed a significant side strain injury - where the muscle attaches the rib."

Before the scans Broad had feared the worst, admitting his chances of featuring in the remainder of England's tournament "did not look great".

"I've not had a side strain in this manner before," he added. "It's quite a common injury for bowlers.

"I felt a little bit tight during the South Africa game. It started to throb a little bit throughout my second spell.

"Then after the game it stiffened up when the adrenaline was out of my body."

Broad, though, rejected the suggestion that England's heavy winter schedule in Australia before the World Cup, which featured a five-Test Ashes series, seven one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games over a three-month period, was to blame for their injury problems.

"I don't think so, it's our day-to-day job," Broad told BBC Radio 5 live. "We train very hard. The training to improve ourselves as cricketers is obviously quite intense, so it's one of those things.

"We have had a lot of cricket this winter particularly, and there has been a few niggles going around the squad but most the lads are feeling in pretty good nick and pretty fresh."

However, chief selector Geoff Miller admitted that player burn-out continues to be a concern in the England set-up.

"I personally think we do play too much cricket, yes," Miller told BBC News School Report at Lord's on Tuesday.

"After a successful Ashes series to go straight into a one-day series [also against Australia] was very difficult for the players, and then to continue straight from there into the World Cup was even more difficult.

"The problems is, as I see it, is that we are one of the only countries that play in our summer.

"The other teams tend to get a respite from that but we are basically playing 12 months of the year, so we are going to get fatigue - it's bound to happen.

"In terms of time off after the World Cup before the Sri Lanka series - it's very little, probably about a week or a fortnight, so there's very little time for rest, recuperation or preparation.

Stuart Broad
Broad missed much of the winter with a previous side problem

"It's very tough, very difficult but the players understand the situation. Most of them are contracted players and they have to accept that. Consequently we need a squad, not a team any more."

Surrey's Tremlett stood in for Broad to great effect during the Ashes - taking 17 wickets at an average of 23.35 - and also played four of the seven one-day matches against Australia.

But losing Broad, who has played 76 one-day internationals to Tremlett's 13, is a major setback for England.

The Nottinghamshire man played in England's opening win over the Netherlands but missed the dramatic tie with India because of a stomach complaint.

He returned to the side for the shock defeat by Ireland before playing a crucial role in the six-run triumph over the Proteas, taking the last two wickets in four balls to end with 4-15.

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew blames schedule for Broad injury

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew said: "It's bitterly disappointing for Broad. He had to pull out of the Ashes after only the second Test of the series and now his World Cup is also over with an injury that will take up to two months to repair.

"His mix of slower balls and variety will be sorely missed."

England should have Broad at their disposal for their first competitive action after the World Cup - the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's on 26 May.

The ECB on Tuesday confirmed Pietersen is also expected to be available for the summer series.

Pietersen's replacement Morgan, meanwhile, arrived in Chittagong on Tuesday ahead of Friday's clash.

Victory over Bangladesh will ensure England progress to the quarter-finals.

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see also
Broad reveals injury concerns
08 Mar 11 |  Cricket
Pietersen v Morgan
07 Mar 11 |  Cricket
Pietersen ruled out of World Cup
07 Mar 11 |  Cricket
England stun S Africa in thriller
06 Mar 11 |  England
Brilliant Ireland shock England
02 Mar 11 |  Cricket
England & India in thrilling tie
27 Feb 11 |  England
Ragged England sneak past Dutch
22 Feb 11 |  England
Cricket World Cup 2011
09 Mar 11 |  Cricket

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