Miller hinted that Broad might be permanently sidelined if his heel injury gets any worse
England national selector Geoff Miller has admitted that pace bowler Stuart Broad’s heel injury is a major concern to him and the rest of the team management since there may come a time in the near future when he will not be able to play in all three formats.
Broad, who flew home early during the Test series against India last year, made an exceptional return, taking four wickets in a Twenty20 International against New Zealand.
However, while he may be celebrating his return, Broad knows that there is a much darker side to his injury and even revealed that his recovery process has not gone as smoothly as he would have liked it to.
Broad even went to Germany to get a custom shoe made, which will hopefully help alleviate the problem of his left heel by taking the brunt of the pressure off his foot when he runs in to bowl.
“The concern is that there have been two or three niggles that have affected his form and availability,” Miller said. “Anybody with an injury is a concern to us and we’ve got to manage workloads as best as we can, that’s why we’re continually looking at other players. We will look at it and make sure he’s used in the best possible way for English cricket. He knows that.”
While England have a steady rotation policy in effect, which allows players to rest from time to time, Miller stated that he does want to see Broad sidelined permanently.
“At this moment of time we’re not thinking about taking him out of a format because he’s got that sort of quality, but if we reached the stage where his body wasn’t responding to all kinds of cricket then we’re open to that,” Miller added.
Despite finishing 2012 as the fourth-highest wicket-taker, with 40 wickets to his name, Broad’s form with the ball took a drastic dive during his team’s home series against South Africa and during the tour of India as well.
Broad has been plagued with a number of injuries over the past couple of years, starting in the 2010-2011 Ashes series, where he strained a stomach muscle before sustaining a rib injury during the 2011 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup and he also picked up a shoulder injury towards the end of 2011.
“What we have to do is react to the injury that he has at any one time,” Miller said. “He felt, and we felt, that he had to look after his body so he went away and worked really hard at that. Since then there have been a few niggling injuries, but anybody can get them.”