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Broad is forced to delay return

Kochi: England have all but ruled Stuart Broad out of his one-day commitments in India. He will join the squad within the next week with a view to building up fitness before leading the side in the Twenty20 series in New Zealand.

Broad is set to fly to Germany to test special bowling boots that have been designed in conjunction with the England medical team. They will cushion the pain in the injured left heel that forced him to fly home early from the pre-Christmas leg of the India trip.

Hopes that Broad would recover in time to feature in the last two games of the five-match series have receded. He has only recently started to bowl indoors and will not have operated outdoors before he arrives in Chandigarh, where the squad will be based for the fourth game, in neighbouring Mohali, on January 23.

England anticipated the problem by calling up Chris Woakes for the full trip when they opted to rest James Anderson, who was initially to be around for the first three matches only before being replaced by Broad.

Although England will not make a decision on Broad’s availability until they see him at practice, they will err heavily on the side of caution with so much cricket coming up this year.

Meanwhile, Cook said even though they had made a “great start” to the series, he was in no mood to take the “world-class” Indian team lightly in the second ODI.

“It is obviously a great start to the series when you win the first game. It was an important game to win. But now we have to move on.” he said.

“They’re (India) a world-class side and statistics show how hard it is to win here, but we’re prepared for that.,” Cook added.