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Stuart Broad ruled out of Twenty20 series

Heel injury rules Broad out of Twenty20 series with Morgan replacing him as skipper

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UPDATED:

09:38 GMT, 13 December 2012

Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the Twenty20 series against India because of his bruised left heel, which also kept him out of the final Test.

The fast bowler lost form, after first
suffering a heel injury in a tour match in Mumbai last month, and was
not involved in last week's seven-wicket victory at Eden Gardens.

After suffering more discomfort at net
practice, he was sent for a second scan – which showed exactly the same
as the first one he underwent five weeks ago.

Setback: Stuart Broad has been troubled by a heel injury

Setback: Stuart Broad has been troubled by a heel injury

Broad has endured an especially
miserable tour, in which he did not manage to take a wicket in either of
the first two Tests – and was then dropped for the third, in order to
accommodate fit-again seamer Steven Finn.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has announced he will be replaced as captain by Eoin Morgan,

James Harris has been called into the Twenty20 squad as a result.

England paceman Stuart Broad ruled out of final India Test

Broad ruled out of India Test but England delay decision on Twenty20 series

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UPDATED:

07:51 GMT, 12 December 2012

Stuart Broad has been ruled
out of contention for Thursday's final Test against India because of his
bruised left heel, but have delayed making a decision on his
availabilty for next week's two Twenty20s.

England's Twenty20 captain was highly
unlikely in any case to be selected to play India in Nagpur, when the
tourists will be bidding for a historic 3-1 series win.

Setback: Stuart Broad has been troubled by a heel injury

Setback: Stuart Broad has been troubled by a heel injury

The fast bowler lost form, after first suffering a heel injury in a tour match in Mumbai last month, and was not involved in last week's seven-wicket victory at Eden Gardens.

After suffering more discomfort at net practice yesterday, he was sent for a second scan – which showed exactly the same as the first one he underwent five weeks ago.

Test captain Alastair Cook confirmed the news at his press conference at the VCA Stadium.

'Stuart is out of this Test match,' he said.

'His scan has showed a bruised heel, and we'll assess him over the next day or so to see what happens with the Twenty20.

Focused: England's Monty Panesar

Focused: England's Monty Panesar

'We'll know a bit more when it settles down.'

Broad has endured an especially
miserable tour, in which he did not manage to take a wicket in either of
the first two Tests – and was then dropped for the third, in order to
accommodate fit-again seamer Steven Finn.

'It's the nature of sport, isn't it Some people have good tours, and some people don't,' added Cook.

'Unfortunately, more down to niggles and and illnesses, Broady hasn't quite managed to get into the tour.

'It's frustrating for him, and disappointing for us as a side.

'But we all know the class of Broady, and he'll be back.'

England"s patience paid off against India – Steven Finn

Patience paid off for England, admits Finn after India collapse in third Test

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UPDATED:

13:07 GMT, 8 December 2012

Steven Finn believes England earned reward for their patience after a stunning afternoon session catapulted them to the brink of victory in the third Test against India.

India collapsed after lunch on the fourth day, losing six for 36, to at one stage leave them staring at the prospect of an innings defeat.

The hosts had been 86 for none at lunch but they folded after Graeme Swann bowled Virender Sehwag with the first ball after the break.

Main man: Steven Finn helped England move towards victory in the third Test

Main man: Steven Finn helped England move towards victory in the third Test

A determined unbeaten 83 from Ravichandran Ashwin slowed England's progress, however, the tourists will begin the final day tomorrow expectant of leaving Eden Gardens 2-1 ahead in the four-Test series.

India will resume 32 runs ahead, with just Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha left to defy England's bowlers, who were led by Finn's three for 37 today.

'It was hard for us to get that first wicket but we stuck to our guns and we stuck to the plans we have worked towards in the series and that paid off,' he said.

'At lunch we said that we needed to up it a bit. We needed to focus on how we wanted to get the batsmen out.

'We got lucky with the run out and we had a very good ball first up after lunch.

'I thought we worked hard.'

Under pressure: Virender Sehwag

Under pressure: Virender Sehwag

Finn grabbed the key wickets of Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli before noticeable reverse swing trapped Zaheer Khan in front.

Asked about the late swing he found, Finn said: 'That is something I like doing.

'When you come out here it is something that you have to be able to do.
“It's a good weapon for us to have. It has done it more here than at the other grounds because the wicket is more abrasive.'

Despite India's predicament Sehwag retained hope they could yet claim an unlikely draw.

'We lost six wickets in a session which is disappointing,' he said.

'But we are still fighting. Something could happen tomorrow and we could draw the Test match.'

The right-hander did admit, however, that his fellow batsmen had lacked the application required today, but denied they had been left red-faced by Ashwin's innings late in the day.

'It's not embarrassment. He's part of the team and he's a good player,' he said.

'He has a different style that can work. My style is different.

'If you apply yourself on this wicket I don't think it is too difficult to score runs.'

England bowler Stuart Broad will undergo a scan on a left heel

Another injury scare for England as Broad goes for scan on left heel

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UPDATED:

12:31 GMT, 4 November 2012

England vice-captain Stuart Broad will undergo a scan on a left heel injury he suffered on Sunday.

Broad, who was captaining the team in the tour match against Mumbai A in the absence of Alastair Cook, sustained the problem late on in the day, and adds to England's concerns with bowler Steven Finn nursing a thigh strain.

A statement from the England and Wales
Cricket Board read: 'Stuart felt discomfort late on in today's play and
has gone for a scan.'

Injury concern: Stuart Broad has gone for a scan on his injured heel

Injury concern: Stuart Broad has gone for a scan on his injured heel

World Twenty20 2012: Nasser Hussain – England must not slog or bust against Sri Lanka

This is not a game for slog or bust… England expects

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 30 September 2012

Where New Zealand were very orthodox, Sri Lanka will be the opposite with the ball.

Lasith Malinga will bowl everything at England except length while Ajantha Mendis is a devilishly difficult proposition in his home conditions, particularly against batsmen who haven’t faced him much before.

England must not rely on slog or bust. It’s so hard when you are not sure which way the ball is turning.

Dangerman: Malinga is a threat to England's batsmen

Dangerman: Malinga is a threat to England's batsmen

Test at the top

England can take encouragement from the fact that Sri Lanka are a top-heavy team with the bat.

Tillekeratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara are a fantastic top three. But if England can make early breakthroughs, particularly through the excellent Steven Finn, they have a brittle middle order.

The drop off to Jeevan Mendis is huge.

Top performers: Jayawardene (left) and Sangakkara (right)

Top performers: Jayawardene (left) and Sangakkara (right)

Be prepared

England have played in front of small, quiet crowds up to now but that is about to change.

Pallekele will be a real cauldron and England must not be overwhelmed by the intensity of the occasion.

Come through this and it would stand them in good stead for the semi-finals.

ICC World Twenty20 2012: England beat Afghanistan

Wright on cue! England beat Afghanistan in Twenty20 demolition in Sri Lanka

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UPDATED:

16:59 GMT, 21 September 2012

Luke Wright was in scintillating form as England cruised past Afghanistan at the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka.

The batsman hit an impressive 99 not out as the hopes of an upset for the Afghans went up in smoke with England hitting a total of 196.

England's bowlers showed little mercy either. Graeme Swann and Samit Patel led the charge as the wickets rapidly fell, leaving Afghanistan on a paltry total of 80, equalling their worst ever total in a T20 international.

More to follow.

Star man: Luke Wright (left) was one short of a century, as he hit 99 runs against Afghanistan

Star man: Luke Wright (left) was one short of a century, as he hit 99 runs against Afghanistan

Textbook: Wright put on an incredible display as the Afghans had no answer for the Englishman

Textbook: Wright put on an incredible display as the Afghans had no answer for the Englishman

No mercy: Steven Finn celebrates after taking the wicket of Mohammad Shahzad

No mercy: Steven Finn celebrates after taking the wicket of Mohammad Shahzad

Gotcha! Stuart Broad runs out Karim Sadiq

Gotcha! Stuart Broad runs out Karim Sadiq

Easy does it: The England team celebrate their demolition of Afghanistan

Easy does it: The England team celebrate their demolition of Afghanistan

England v South Africa Twenty20 abandoned due to rain

Summer's definitely over! Rain ends hope of result in England's T20 with South Africa

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UPDATED:

21:36 GMT, 10 September 2012

England's second NatWest International Twenty20 against South Africa was abandoned after the weather allowed only one short, frantic session at Old Trafford.

England were 29 for two after 4.1 overs of their reply to South Africa's 77 for five in a match reduced to nine overs per side when steady rain began to fall.

A result would have been recorded had another five balls been bowled – and England would have won had they added another 13 – but South Africa will still lead the series 1-0 heading to the third match at Edgbaston.

Dampened spirits: England's Twenty20 against South Africa fell victim to the weather at Old Trafford

Dampened spirits: England's Twenty20 against South Africa fell victim to the weather at Old Trafford

The match had been delayed by two and a
quarter hours by earlier rain but there was still a certain familiarity
to South Africa's batting as Hashim Amla again dominated.

The prolific batsman proved his
mastery of English bowling covers all formats by cracking seven fours in
an unbeaten 47 from 30 balls.

Amla, batting at much higher tempo but
with all his usual authority, opened the batting after a rethink during
the delay to play.

Jacques Kallis had initially
accompanied Richard Levi to the crease for the scheduled start but it
began to rain as Steven Finn prepared to bowl the first ball.

Kallis was kept waiting as the game
began at a frenetic pace with Finn having Levi caught behind by Craig
Kieswetter down the legside off the first ball.

Amla took control by flashing hard and
after the three-over powerplay South Africa had 32 runs on the board.
But by then captain AB de Villiers had also gone, miscuing a pull to
Jade Dernbach at mid-on off Finn.

As has been a recurring quirk this
season, Finn dislodged a bail in his delivery stride but unlike previous
occasions – and another moments later – dead ball was not called.

Entertainment: Much effort was made to keep the crowd entertained as the start was delayed

Entertainment: Much effort was made to keep the crowd entertained as the start was delayed

England started to slow the rate with the introduction of Graeme Swann in the fourth over.

Albie Morkel was the next man out when he failed to clear Jonny Bairstow at cover off the bowling of the recalled Luke Wright.

Amla had a reprieve when he was badly
dropped by Eoin Morgan off Swann but the bowler himself showed how it
should be done by running back to catch JP Duminy one-handed next ball.

Kieswetter claimed his second catch to
remove Justin Ontong off Dernbach before Kallis finally came to the
crease at number seven.

Kallis had a fortunate escape when one
shot landed just short of Dernbach but was unbeaten on 13 at the end of
the innings as rain started to fall again.

Worth watching: Hashim Amla's bat and Robin Peterson's safe hands lit up Old Trafford when the action started

Worth watching: Hashim Amla's bat and Robin Peterson's safe hands lit up Old Trafford when the action started

Worth watching: Hashim Amla's bat and Robin Peterson's safe hands lit up Old Trafford when the action started

Worth watching: Hashim Amla's bat and Robin Peterson's safe hands lit up Old Trafford when the action started

That relented to allow England to
begin their reply but Morne Morkel restricted Kieswetter and Alex Hales
to just two off the first over.

Kieswetter fell when he hit Dale Steyn straight but high and Robin Peterson took a fine diving catch.

Hales fortuitously hit a six off the edge and, in partnership with Wright, began to get England up towards a decent rate.

Wright had 14 at the start of the
all-important fifth over when he pulled Morne Morkel to Albie Morkel in
the deep. That proved the final action of the match as drizzle became
heavier and umpires took the players off the pitch.

Moments later came the word the game had been declared a no result.

Wright had come into the side to
replace the out-of-form Ravi Bopara, whose position had been the subject
of much scrutiny ahead of the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

Sussex all-rounder Wright will now hope to retain his place for the final match of the series.

South Africa build lead against England at Lord"s

Advantage South Africa as Amla's half-century frustrates England at Lord's

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UPDATED:

17:45 GMT, 18 August 2012

South Africa finished day three on 145-3 to lead England by 139 to set up a thrilling finale to the final Test.

After the hosts were bowled out for 315, an advantage of six runs, Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen looked to pile on the runs.

They were both dismissed but Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis took over seamlessly before the latter fell to Steven Finn towards the close of play.

More to follow…

Leading the way: Hashim Amla of South Africa helps his side establish an advantage

Leading the way: Hashim Amla of South Africa helps his side establish an advantage

Crucial: England's Matt Prior and Stuart Broad (right) react after Prior dropped a catch from Amla

Crucial: England's Matt Prior and Stuart Broad (right) react after Prior dropped a catch from Amla

Might regret that: South Africa's Hashim Amla looks on as he is dropped by England's Matt Prior (right)

Might regret that: South Africa's Hashim Amla looks on as he is dropped by England's Matt Prior (right)


Wicket! Stuart Broad is delighted after trapping Alviro Petersen lbw

Wicket! Stuart Broad is delighted after trapping Alviro Petersen lbw

Long handle: Graeme Swann had helped England to forge a small lead

Long handle: Graeme Swann had helped England to forge a small lead

Jonny Bairstow of England looks dejected as he walks off

Jonny Bairstow of England looks dejected as he walks off

Gutted: Jonathan Bairstow is dejected after being dismissed just five runs short of his century

Got him! Morne Morkel of South Africa celebrates bowling Jonathan Bairstow of England

Got him! Morne Morkel of South Africa celebrates bowling Jonathan Bairstow of England

Four-time Olympic champion Ben Ainslie targets sailing"s Triple Crown

Four-time Olympic champion Ainslie targets sailing's Triple Crown

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UPDATED:

19:26 GMT, 16 August 2012

Ben Ainslie has outlined his plans to become the first sailor to win his sport's Triple Crown.

The four-time Olympic champion will
fly out to San Francisco on Friday to launch an assault on the America's
Cup, using the event as a tune-up for his fledgling Ben Ainslie Racing
team ahead of their own Cup challenge in 2015.

Ruling the waves: Ben Ainslie sails his Finn class dinghy Rita past Big Ben on the River Thames

Ruling the waves: Ben Ainslie sails his Finn class dinghy Rita past Big Ben on the River Thames

Only a handful of sailors have completed the Olympics- America's Cup double, but Ainslie, 35, is hoping to join that elite group before ultimately tackling the Volvo Ocean Race.

'There's a lot I want to do,' said Ainslie, who was sailing his Finn dinghy on the Thames to announce a major sponsorship deal with JP Morgan on Thursday.

Success: Ainslie and his four Olympic gold and one Olympic silver medals

Success: Ainslie and his four Olympic gold and one Olympic silver medals

'My immediate desire is to win the America's Cup. After that, I don't know. But the Volvo appeals to me. It's brutal but I would like to try to win it at some point.

'A few people have won two of the three – Olympics, Cup, Volvo – but not all three. It's all a long way off but it would be a nice thing to go for.'

London 2012 Olympics: Ben Ainslie on for gold

Ainslie in prime position for gold on Sunday after bamboozling Hogh-Christensen

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UPDATED:

14:54 GMT, 3 August 2012

Ben Ainslie's mind games worked wonders this afternoon to put a fourth Olympic gold in his own hands heading into Sunday's medal race.

The 35-year-old came into London 2012 as overwhelming favourite to top the podium but heads into the final race of the regatta behind Jonas Hogh-Christensen, who has sailed the regatta of his life.

The Dane pulled four points clear of Ainslie on Friday afternoon, but the Briton responded in some style in the final race of the opening series to halve that.

Surging forward: Ben Ainslie is primed for another gold after winning race 10 in the men's finn class

Surging forward: Ben Ainslie is primed for another gold after winning race 10 in the men's finn class

Having got off to a storming start and
built up a lead of almost 200 metres, the Macclesfield-born sailor
slowed right down in the final upwind leg in a bid to slow down
Hogh-Christensen, who was in second.

The Dane struggled with the move
rarely seen before a medal race and was overtaken by Holland's
Pieter-Jan Postma, who went onto finish second.

Ainslie won the race to put him two
points behind Hogh-Christensen in the overall fleet standings heading
into the medal race, which is competed between the top 10 boats and sees
points scored doubled and added to the opening series' score.

With two points for each position in
the medal race, Ainslie will win gold as long as he finishes ahead of
Hogh-Christensen and not at the back of the fleet – as that would allow
Postma back in should he win the medal race.

More to follow….

Oops: Overnight leader Jonas Hogh-Christensen stumbled in race 10 after capsizing

Oops: Overnight leader Jonas Hogh-Christensen stumbled in race 10 after capsizing