Stuart Broad will fly home from the World Cup today because of a side injury, the ECB have confirmed.
The England seamer yesterday received the news he was dreading, having undergone two scans after suffering soreness in his upper side during Sunday’s Group B victory over South Africa.
Broad’s early departure is the second major blow in as many days to England’s prospects of winning this tournament for the first time in their history, following Kevin Pietersen’s return to the UK to have a hernia operation.
Broad is likely to be replaced by fast bowler Chris Tremlett, who has been with the England squad throughout their campaign as a stand-by player.
Broad suffered discomfort during his second spell on the way to four for 15 in Sunday’s much-needed Group B victory over South Africa in Chennai.
The 24-year-old seamer, who missed the final three Tests of England’s Ashes victory this winter because of an abdominal tear, had feared the worst.
Before the latest scans, Broad confirmed: “I’ve picked up a little side niggle.”
Broad knew instantly in Adelaide last December that he had a major problem. But the pain this time is in a different part of his side, much higher up, and is a more accustomed injury for pace bowlers.
Yorkshire are confident batsman Anthony McGrath will be fit in time for the start of the season following knee surgery.