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Broad out of second Test against India, Anderson also a doubt


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tuart Broad will miss the Second Test against India, which begins at Lord’s tomorrow, with an injury to his right calf that threatens his whole summer, while his long-time opening partner Jimmy Anderson is also a major doubt with a thigh issue.

The injury issues were serious enough for England to call up the uncapped quick Saqib Mahmood to the squad today, despite Mark Wood and Craig Overton already being in situ.

Broad suffered the injury in the warm-up at training at Lord’s yesterday and was due to undergo a scan this afternoon. Having missed training today, he will miss this Test at the least.

Broad has a good fitness record — which explains how a fast bowler can rack up 149 Test matches across 14 years — but a calf issue at the age of 35 will concern him. Anderson was blighted by calf injuries in 2019, pulling up in the first session of the Ashes at Edgbaston and not playing again until the Boxing Day Test in South Africa.

In a team set to show many changes from the rain-affected draw at Trent Bridge, Wood is likely to come in for Broad, while Mahmood and Overton will compete for Anderson’s place if he is unable to play. He missed training this morning as a precaution, with a tight quad.

The pair last both sat out a home Test in 2012 and join England’s long list of injured bowlers.

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Pacemen Jofra Archer and Olly Stone are out for the rest of the year, meaning they miss the Ashes, while Chris Woakes will not be fit until the Third Test at Headingley at theearliest. Ben Stokes, of course, is taking time out to manage his mental wellbeing and a serious finger injury, too.

Mahmood was called up, but there was another change to the squad, with Dom Bess released back to his county, Yorkshire, following the recall of another off-spinner, Moeen Ali, who is expected to go straight into the team as an all-rounder at No7.

India have an injury issue of their own, with Shardul Thakur a major doubt. His absence would require a rethink of the balance of their side, as none of the other seamers in their squad would be considered good enough with the bat to line up at No8. That could earn Ravichandran Ashwin and his 417 Test wickets a recall as part of a twin spin attack with Ravi Jadeja.

England captain Joe Root today overtook Virat Kohli, moving up to fourth place in the ICC’s batting rankings.


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