Posted On Friday, July 05, 2013 at 05:17:49 PM
London - England seamer Stuart Broad tried to allay fears about his fitness on Thursday ahead of next week's Ashes opener against Australia saying “if the Test started today I’d be ready to go” Broad hasn't bowled competitively since injuring his right shoulder diving to regain his ground while batting during England's Champions Trophy final defeat by India at Edgbaston on June 23. Broad insisted, “It’s really good actually.
In the Champions Trophy final, I dived to make my ground and as a tall, gangly bloke I landed awkwardly and jarred my shoulder a little bit. There was just a bit of catching in the socket when my arm rotated which wasn’t healing as quickly as it could have done.
We just put a cortisone in it on Monday to get rid of the extra fluid I suppose and it seems to have settled. I batted and bowled yesterday (Wednesday) and I am 100 percent fit. If the Test started today (Thursday), I’d be ready to go”.
Steyn rested for SA's ODI tour of Lanka
Cape Town - South Africa have decided to rest fast-bowling spearhead Dale Steyn for this month's one-day tour of Sri Lanka. The paceman had injury problems in the recent Champions Trophy in England, forcing him to miss the semi-final defeat by the hosts, and that has weighed heavily on the minds of the selectors with test series coming up against Pakistan, India and Australia.
“We are resting Dale Steyn as we have a very important and crowded test season ahead of us and we want to be absolutely certain that, as the leader of our attack, he is properly rested and fit,” Cricket South Africa selection convener Andrew Hudson said in a statement on Thursday.
Test captain Graeme Smith is also out after the opening batsman had ankle surgery in May but fast bowler Morne Morkel is fit after missing most of the Champions Trophy with a groin strain.
Young wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has been recalled while all-rounder David Wiese was named in the Twenty20 squad for the first time. South Africa also announced that former spinner Claude Henderson would be mentoring the slow bowlers.