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07 December 201015:38

Broad still hopeful of making World Cup

England's Stuart Broad hopes to be fit despite being ruled out of the rest of the Ashes series due to an injury

Broad still hopeful of making World Cup - Cricket News

English bowler Stuart Broad.

England fast bowler Stuart Broad still hopes to be fit for the ICC Cricket World Cup despite being ruled out of the rest of the Ashes series through injury due to a torn abdominal muscle.

Broad will return home to England after the second Test to begin rehabilitation and recovery with a view to preparing for England's ICC World Cup campaign in February 2011.

England Chief Medical Officer, Dr Nick Peirce, said: "Stuart has a torn abdominal muscle and as such will take no further part in the current Ashes tour of Australia. Given the nature of the injury Stuart has been ruled out of the forthcoming ODI series against Australia as well.

"Stuart will return to England shortly to commence a rehabilitation programme and we expect him to make a full recovery in time for the World Cup next year."

Stuart Broad said: "Playing for England in an Ashes series in Australia has been something I've dreamed of for a long time so to have that cut short by injury is devastating.

"So far the series has been everything I had anticipated and knowing I'll play no further part is quite hard to take. Given the way we had started the series I was looking forward to playing a leading role in England retaining the Ashes but that's not to be.

"Injuries happen and there's nothing I can do about it other than make sure I get stuck into rehabilitation and come back stronger in time for the World Cup next year. This winter is a big one for the England team so my focus will have to shift to preparing for the World Cup."