The England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Wednesday that Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the Test series against India due to a rupture in his right calf (August 11). The injury occurred during Tuesday’s training session at Lord’s, ahead of the second Test. As a backup, Saqib Mahmood has been added to the team.
On Wednesday, the England Cricket Board (ECB) issued a statement confirming his absence from the rest of the series. Broad had an MRI scan in London on Wednesday, and a tear was discovered, according to the ECB. On Tuesday, he suffered the injury during a warm-up exercise with the squad at Lord’s. Saqib Mahmood, a Lancashire pacer, has been added to the team as a cover.
“Broad underwent an MRI scan in London on Wednesday lunchtime, which revealed a tear,” ECB said in a statement.
Broad’s injury comes after a shaky first Test, in which he went wicketless in India’s first innings before regaining form in the second, taking KL Rahul’s wicket on the fourth evening before the final day was wiped out due to rain. In 149 Tests, he has taken 524 wickets at an average of 27.84, putting him sixth on the all-time Test wicket-takers list.
Meanwhile, England has already selected Lancashire pacer, Saqib Mahmood, to its side as a backup for the second Test against India. The 24-year-old has taken 21 wickets in seven One-Day Internationals and nine Twenty-20 Internationals for England. He has 65 wickets to his name in 22 first-class games.