Miller: Broad injuries a worry

  • Last Updated: January 14 2013, 22:08 GMT

National selector Geoff Miller accepts that there may come a time when Stuart Broad is asked to give up one form of cricket to extend his England career.

Stuart Broad: Hit by injury problems
Stuart Broad: Hit by injury problems

Broad has experienced a variety of injury problems in the last two years, from minor niggles to more serious setbacks and has been forced to sit out a number of high-profile matches and events.

A torn stomach muscle saw him miss three Tests of the 2010/11 Ashes win Down Under, a side strain then forced him to fly home early from the World Cup and he has been absent from England duty since with shoulder and calf problems.

He is currently recovering from a heel injury but is due to link up with the rest of the one-day squad for the fourth and fifth ODIs in India this month.

Miller insists Broad is still viewed by the selectors as an important player in all three formats but does not rule out a review of that position if problems persist.

The 26-year-old is currently the side's Twenty20 captain, perhaps muddying the waters a little, but Miller is not afraid to contemplate action, should it be necessary.

"Anybody with an injury is a concern to us and we've got to manage workloads as best as we can, that's why we're continually looking at other players," he said, when asked about Broad's fitness record.

"We will look at it and make sure he's used in the best possible way for English cricket. He knows that.

"At this moment of time we're not thinking about taking him out of a format because he's got that sort of quality but if we reached the stage where his body wasn't responding to all kinds of cricket then we're open to that.

"What we have to do is react to the injury that he has at any one time. He felt, and we felt, that he had to look after his body so he went away and worked really hard at that. Since then there have been a few niggling injuries, but anybody can get them.

"The concern is that there have been two or three niggles that have affected his form and availability."

Only Broad, Graeme Swann and Kevin Pietersen have been first-choice players in Test, one-day and Twenty20 cricket for England in recent years, with Steven Finn on the verge of joining them in that select group.

Alastair Cook, who captains the five-day and 50-over teams, is eager to add his name to the list too.

He has excelled at the top of the order in both forms but the selectors have thus far been reluctant to give him the nod in Twenty20.

Concerns over his ability to clear the infield regularly are one reason for that, but Miller also believes there is a lot to be said for the down time Cook enjoys as a result of his non-selection.

"There's a reason why we do everything and we have to be forward thinking," said Miller.

"It's a break for him and he will need breaks with the way he's playing now, both physically and mentally, as we go on.

"So that's why we go down that line and he understands that.

"Most players want to play everything but we would rather players play for us for a longer time with us managing the workload than having a shorter career of playing all the time.

"It's very intense and full on now. We'll work with him to see what's best for him and for us.

"It's 50-50. It's managing workload as well as consistency of selection."

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