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England pace bowler Stuart Broad is optimistic that he will be fit for the first Test against South Africa at Lord’s on July 6.
Broad’s comments come after he suffered a left heel injury while bowling in Nottinghamshire’s County Championship clash with Leicestershire last week.
While the 31-year-old has been ruled out of the inaugural round of day-night County Championship fixtures, which start on Monday, he is hoping to make his comeback at the Royal London One-Day Cup final against Surrey on July 1.
Should he make it through the game unscathed, Broad is confident that he will be able to take on the Proteas at Lord’s.
“There are signs of a little bit of a tear on the pad of the heel but I have no pain when I walk or run,” he said. “There is a little bit of pain when I slam my front foot down.
“I am looking to bowl on Wednesday and Thursday next week and if I can then get through ten overs in a one-day final next week then I suggest I will be fit for the first Test.”
If Broad were to miss the first Test, it would be a huge blow for England as they are likely to be without all-rounder Chris Woakes, who is currently recovering from a side strain he sustained in the opening game of the Champions Trophy against Bangladesh.