England captain expects to recover from knee injury in time for ICC World Twenty20 2014
Broad, who is suffering from patellar tendonitis, explained he would sit out of the matches in Barbados on Tuesday (March 11) and Thursday so that he could recover in time for the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, where he will lead England.
"I've got some patella tendinitis in my right knee," said Broad on after England’s 27-run loss to West Indies in the first T20I. "I've had it all winter. It's just been a managing thing all winter, but obviously the workload has been quite heavy for me - and it's gradually got a little bit worse.
"I caught my knee in the sand in (the one-day series in) Antigua, which has brought a lot of fluid into it. So there's not much movement in there, and I'll be missing the next two Twenty20s to have an injection to get right for the warm-up games in Bangladesh."
Broad’s condition flared up during the first T20I in Bridgetown. Eoin Morgan, the vice-captain, will lead England in Broad’s absence. "I just was running back at mid-off, went to flick the ball up and my knee just got caught - a little bit like Narine today, I suppose - and it immediately hurt,” said Broad. "Loads of swelling came into the knee, so it's really puffy ... I'm struggling to run at the minute."
West Indies won the toss and scored 170 for 3 in its 20 overs before restricting England to 143 for 9. Samuel Badree returned 3 for 17 from four overs before Narine and Marlon Samuels shared three scalps between them. Broad admitted England was “outplayed” and was surprised by the state of a pitch on which spinners excelled.
"(The pitch) definitely played different. There was quite a bit of grass on the wicket and we saw that all the seamers went at about eight an over or more and all the spinners got wickets with low economy rates," said Broad. "Whether that's to do with the batsmen not playing the spin particularly well or whether it's to do with it being very hard to play the spin, we'll need to analyse that. There will be some slower bowlers in the side come Tuesday, I think."
Barring Ravi Bopara and Tim Bresnan, none of the other batsmen scored more than 40 and Broad pointed out it was important for the top order to click.