Stuart Broad's misery deepens as heel injury puts T20 return in doubt


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Stuart Broad, England's discarded vice-captain, has suffered a recurrence of the heel injury which has dogged his tour of India. He went for a scan on the joint today but may be unable to resume his duties as the Twenty20 captain for two matches later this month.

It has been an unfortunate few weeks for Broad after he was promoted to Test vice-captain. Following two indifferent matches in the series against India he was dropped for the third at Kolkata, which England won by seven wickets on Sunday, and was not expected to return for the fourth starting tomorrow.

But his place as T20 captain and leader of the attack was still at no risk. Broad first felt his heel in a warm-up match on this tour and was only just declared in fit in time for the start of the series.

He was never at his best, down in pace and clearly short of confidence, with overall figures of 0 for 157 from 36 overs. It was a significant decision to drop him for the Kolkata Test because as Andy Flower, England's coach, put it, he has been an integral part of the team's successes in recent years.

Broad's replacement, Steve Finn, seized his opportunity in Kolkata with several rapid spells and Broad is not expected to feature in the Test team again until at least the tour of New Zealand in March.