Calcutta/Bridgetown: England lost their opening T20 match against the West Indies by 27 runs, but both sides were left counting the cost of injuries.
England have bigger worries as Stuart Broad has been ruled out for the remainder of the series with patellar tendinitis affecting his right knee.
As T20 captain Broad, as well as one of England’s leading bowlers, is vital to his team’s chances of winning the upcoming World T20 in Bangladesh.
England will also miss Joe Root, who had fractured his right thumb during the third and final ODI against the West Indies, from the T20 extravaganza. On Monday, Event Technical Committee of the World T20 approved Ian Bell as a replacement for Root.
Broad, however, was confident on Sunday that with a course of cortisone injections — something he has resorted to before during an exceptionally busy 12 months — he will be fit to take part in their opener against New Zealand on March 22.
“I’ve had injections for a while now, throughout the winter, but it’s been getting stiffer and stiffer,” Broad said about his knee. “I caught my knee in the sand in Antigua and it swelled up, so I won’t be playing the next couple of matches here. I should be OK assuming the injection works. It gradually got worse with the amount of bowling I’ve been doing, and needs some rest to make sure I’m fit and firing for the World T20.”
“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’ll have to have a rehab period at some stage in the next 12 months, between six to 10 weeks. Either that or go under the knife.
“It’s just got to the stage where I can’t move freely at the minute, so I need to treat it. But it won’t put me in doubt for the World T20.”
England were outplayed from start to finish in Barbados. Broad took the first over of the match and conceded 19 runs from it, Dwayne Smith striking the first ball clean out of the stadium for six.
He did not bowl well in the opening ODI in Antigua either, after jarring his knee in the outfield, but here he looked badly compromised.
The West Indies did not leave unscathed either with both their leading spinners, Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree leaving the field for treatment — Badree for a finger injury and Narine after he hurt his knee.
Both men are vital to any challenge West Indies might mount in Bangladesh. Even on the decent-paced pitch here, they had England’s batsmen groping at shadows.