Broad plays down injury fears

"I’m pretty confident it won’t be too sore to play"

“I’m pretty confident it won’t be too sore to play”

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England pace bowler Stuart Broad has announced that he will play in the national team’s upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka and India, despite having tendinitis in his knee.

Broad will not play in the limited overs series against Sri Lanka.

I’ll be fine,” Broad told Sky Sports. “With a tendinitis problem, once the adrenalin is going you can bowl through it really. 

I will just have to be careful not dive too heavily on it in the outfield, that seems to flare it up quite badly. But once you get the bat and ball in your hand and get out in the middle, I’m pretty confident it won’t be too sore to play.”

Broad also revealed that he plans to represent Nottinghamshire in their County Championship match against Durham in 10 days’ time. 

I’m playing for Notts in the Championship game against Durham in about 10 days’ time, then down at Hove,” he said. “(I’m) trying obviously to get fit for the Test matches against Sri Lanka and India.

I’ve played  a lot of one-day cricket throughout the winter, so it was a good idea to get a slightly longer break now leading into a busy summer and a busy winter, when we’ve obviously got the 50-over World Cup in New Zealand and Australia in February.”

When asked the disastrous Ashes series and the impact it has had on the team, Broad said: “It was a tricky winter, a very difficult winter in losing the Ashes after such success in the previous summer.

Mooresy brings a lot of passion for English cricket – he’s a fantastic coach to work with. It really is the dawn of a new era. I’m excited working with him and Cooky and I really think we can push this side forward.

There will be obviously be some new guys coming in, there are some great opportunities there for players to stake a claim for a Test and ODI spot. With opportunity comes a lot of hunger.”

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