Bad to worse for England as Broad is ruled out of second Test in Sri Lanka
12:47 GMT, 30 March 2012
Ruled out: Broad injured his calf in the first Test
England seamer Stuart Broad is to fly home after being ruled out of the second Test against Sri Lanka with a calf strain.
Broad played in England's first Test defeat in Galle despite struggling with a sprain to his left ankle in the build-up to the match.
He then suffered an injury to his right calf during the game and was in visible discomfort as he batted in the second innings.
England sent him for scans on Friday and have opted to fly him home for rehabilitation.
The Nottinghamshire quick tweeted his disappointment on Friday, writing: 'Annoyed to be going home a week early. Not a major injury just couldn't get through a whole Test match.'
Broad took two wickets in the first Test, removing the dangerous Tillakaratne Dilshan with the new ball in each innings.
There are now question marks over his participation in the Indian Premier League for the second year running.
He signed a three-year deal with King's
XI Punjab but missed last year's tournament with a stomach injury
sustained at the World Cup.
An England and Wales Cricket Board
statement read: 'England pace bowler Stuart Broad has been ruled of the
final Test against Sri Lanka after a scan today confirmed a right calf
Not pretty viewing: Andrew Strauss saw England lose the first Test in Galle
'Broad will return to the UK
immediately for further assessment before beginning a rehabilitation
programme which will determine his availability for all cricket
including the IPL.'
With just Tuesday's second Test left
on their tour of Sri Lanka England have not sent for a replacement,
leaving Tim Bresnan and Steven Finn to battle for a place in the side, although both could be selected if England opt for a five-man attack.
Bresnan or Finn
BOWLING ATTRIBUTES – Bresnan has all the confidence to be expected from a Yorkshire paceman and despite his burly frame proved admirable stamina in Bangladesh two years ago – a big plus in the Sri Lankan conditions.
He is not as obvious a wicket-taking threat as Finn but is better at drying up runs and can reverse swing the ball. Finn's strength lies in the extra yard of pace he has found in the last six months and his happy knack of picking up wickets, sometimes in the middle of average spells. Broad at his best is capable of attacking batsmen and keeping the run-rate down. England may now have to decide between the two.
Head-to-head: Either Bresnan (left) or Finn (right) will replace Broad
BATTING – Bresnan is a clear winner in this comparison. A genuine No 7, he averages 45 in Tests, has a top score of 91 and ensures the side's tail does not engorge as a result of Broad's departure.
Finn, on the other hand, averages only 8.75 in the longer format and has a best of 19. With James Anderson and Monty Panesar already in place as genuine tail-enders, picking Finn would provide an element of risk but at 1-0 down, England could choose to gamble.
RECORD – Finn has played 12 Tests to Bresnan's 10 and has nine more wickets, with 50 to his name.
He has already taken five wickets in an innings three times, to Bresnan's once, and enjoys a superior strike-rate.
Yet Bresnan revels in the fact that England have won all 10 of the matches he has been involved in and both his bowling average and economy (23.60 and 2.85) outstrip Finn's (26.92 and 3.89).