Ashes Is Over for England Paceman Broad, Australia's Katich Is Doubtful
England bowler Stuart Broad will miss the remainder of the Ashes with a stomach injury, while Australia opener Simon Katich is unlikely to play again in the cricket series because of an Achilles problem.
Broad tore an abdominal muscle during the second Test in Adelaide that England won today to take a 1-0 lead in the best- of-five contest. Katich struggled with a torn Achilles tendon that got more painful as the match progressed.
Broad was injured while bowling yesterday and will also miss the one-day series between the teams, the England and Wales Cricket Board said. He’ll return to the U.K. “to begin rehabilitation and recovery” with a view to preparing for next year’s World Cup in February, the board added.
“Playing for England in an Ashes series in Australia has been something I’ve dreamed of for a long time so to have that cut short by injury is devastating,” Broad said in a statement.
Katich, who was run out without scoring in Australia’s first innings in Adelaide, hobbled to a score of 43 yesterday to take his batting average for the opening two games to 24.25.
“It’s unlikely that he’ll be available to play any further part in this Ashes series,” Australia Physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said in a statement.
One Win Away
England’s victory by an innings and 71 runs in Adelaide leaves the touring team needing one win from the remaining three matches to be sure of retaining the Ashes.
“I’m very disappointed only two games into the series to not be able to have a chance to try to turn things around with the team,” Katich, 35, told reporters. “It will be hard not being a part of it.”
Australia captain Ricky Ponting said 22-year-old Phillip Hughes is “probably the first cab off the rank” to replace Katich atop the order for the third match in Perth beginning Dec. 16. Hughes averages 51.25 in seven Tests.
“I’ll be surprised if it’s not him who comes in,” Ponting said in a news conference.
Broad, 24, helped England win the Ashes last year when he took 5-37 in the final Test at the Oval in London as Australia was skittled for 160. He finished the 2009 series with 18 wickets and 234 runs and had taken two wickets in the current series at an average of 80.50.
Chris Tremlett, Ajmal Shahzad and Tim Bresnan are the backup pacemen in England’s squad. They’ll get a chance to press their claims to replace Broad during the three-day match against Victoria at the Melbourne Cricket Ground starting Dec. 10, England captain Andrew Strauss said.
“We’ll see which one is looking the most potent and the most suited for Perth,” Strauss said. “What happens in Melbourne will have some effect, but we’ve got to think what bowler is likely to make an impact.”
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