London: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced an unchanged squad for the fifth Test against India, with Stuart Broad expected to play in a face mask.
The pacer was hit on the bridge of his nose while batting at Old Trafford on Saturday when a short ball from Varun Aaron found its way between the peak of Broad’s helmet and the grille.
He watched the rest of the game from hospital as England skittled India for 161 in their second innings to win by an innings and 54 runs and take a 2-1 lead in the series with one match remaining.
Broad posted a picture of himself on Twitter on Sunday morning with a bloodied and stitched-up nose but, despite X-rays showing a fracture, he seems certain to play at The Oval.
Broad wrote: “Little bit sore this morning but not too bad! Doc did a great job with the stitches. On to The Oval! (With a mask).”
The 28-year-old, who was named Man of the Match for his six wickets in the first innings, has already announced that he will undergo knee surgery after the series.
“Following England’s victory over India by an innings and 54 runs in the 4th Test, England selectors today announced an unchanged 13-man squad for the 5th Test commencing Friday 15 August at the Kia Oval,” the ECB said in a brief statement on Sunday.
Steve Finn and Ben Stokes were the two players omitted from the side at Old Trafford who will hope to force their way into the XI for the Oval Test, which begins on Friday.
Alastair Cook, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Chris Jordan, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes