13 Sep 2011

England paceman out of action with shoulder injury

8:15 am on 13 September 2011

The England all rounder Stuart Broad will be out of action for up to seven weeks after tearing a muscle in his right shoulder during the tied fourth one-day cricket international against India.

Broad's injury means he will miss the final one-dayer against India in Cardiff on Saturday and has also been ruled out of the five-match ODI series in India next month.

Broad, the captain of England's Twenty20 side, may be fit to join the squad for the Twenty20 fixture scheduled for October the 29th in Kolkata.

The 25-year-old's absence will be a huge blow for England as he was one of the in-form players during the recent test series when the hosts humiliated India 4-0.

The fast bowler took 25 wickets and also performed with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 74 during the first test at Lord's.

With Broad being the only England bowler to make an impact on the flat sub-continent pitches during the 50-over World Cup earlier this year, the timing of his injury could prove costly for his country.

Broad suffered the injury two balls into his final over on Monday, when the tied match handed the series victory to England.

Broad joined Eoin Morgan, England's Twenty20 vice captain, on the sidelines as the Dublin-born batsman has also been ruled out of the India tour with a shoulder problem.

The announcement is the latest setback for Broad in an injury-hit 10 months.

He missed the final three Ashes tests in Australia with an abdominal muscle tear and then had to come home early from the World Cup with a side strain.