One of the undoubted stars of this year’s triumphant season against India, Stuart Broad, has had to admit he’s unlikely to play for England again until next year, despite being told he does not need surgery on his shoulder injury.
Broad, who took over from Paul Collingwood as Twenty20 captain in May, tore a muscle in his shoulder during England's one-day international against India at Lord's.
The injury ruled the 25-year-old out of the final ODI against the tourists in Cardiff, as well as this weekend's two Twenty20 internationals against the West Indies, but it had been hoped he would be fit to face India in Kolkata in the tour's only Twenty20 game on 29 October. Now it looks as if that’s an impossibility.
"The shoulder is still quite sore” he said, “It's a two-month injury so I'm concentrating on making sure I am in the best possible shape for the games against Pakistan in January. It's good news that I don't need surgery. There is always an extra risk with surgery so that would be a worry.
"It is a two-month recovery time though, so I need to get that right and make sure it is completely over and I don't have any side effects with it."
With Eoin Morgan ruled out until the New Year, also with a shoulder injury, Graeme Swann is likely to continue to fill in as skipper.