ENG­LAND BACK BROAD IN RACE TO BE FIT FOR LORD’S

Daily Mail - - Cricket - PAUL NEW­MAN

ENG­LAND re­main hope­ful Stu­art Broad will be fit for the first Test against South Africa evene though he was yes­ter­day ruled out of next week’s pinkball Cham­pi­onship ex­per­i­ment. The heel in­jury that forced Broad to limp out of Notts’ vic­tory over Le­ices­ter­shire has caused con­ster­na­tion among spe­cial­ists who were yes­ter­day still mulling over two scans. Yet even though Broad will miss the day-night game against Kent next week and prob­a­bly the Royal London One-Day Cup fi­nal against Sur­rey on July 1, Eng­land be­lieve he could fea­ture at Lord’s on July 6 in the first of

four Tests. They will make a late de­ci­sion on the fit­ness of a bowler who will be in­te­gral to Eng­land’s at­tack in the seven Tests they face this sum­mer against South Africa and West Indies and the Ashes. It re­mains a worry for Eng­land, who will be with­out Chris Woakes and have Jimmy An­der­son and Ben Stokes re­turn­ing from in­juries. Broad has had to man­age pain in his left heel for some time and his ini­tial re­ac­tion was that the lat­est prob­lem was only mi­nor one. A sec­ond scan, how­ever, re­vealed a con­cern.

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