Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 16th 2013 Contents PERTH—Stuart Broad is determined to keep con-
tributing to England’s cause in the Ashes despite
being hobbled yesterday after a Mitchell Johnson
yorker crashed into his right foot.
England’s leading paceman in the series couldn’t
bowl or field on day three at the WACA as Australia
tightened its grip on the Ashes, but Broad is ready to
bat to help his team save the match and hasn’t given
up hope of playing in the Boxing Day Test in Mel-
He’s waiting for the results of medical scans before
knowing the extent of the injury.
“Something showed up on the x-ray but it was a
bit inconclusive so had to have an MRI,” said Broad,
who arrived at a news conference on crutches and
wearing a protective boot. “I’m desperate to play a
part in the rest of the Ashes series. I won’t be bowling
tomorrow, but there’s a bit of a break in between this
test and the next and I’m desperate to be there.”
Broad was hit on the right foot, the front foot as
he takes his batting stance, as he was trapped lbw for
five by Johnson in the first session when England was
bowled out for 251 and conceded a 134-run first innings
lead to Australia.
Broad said he felt intense pain immediately but tried
to practice some bowling to prove he was ok to go
back onto the field.
“Obviously I was desperate to get out there and
bowl so I had to try it out in the nets,” he said. “Normally
with a bruise you get a bit of blood but when you get
going the pain decreases. It actually increased quite a
bit in the nets.
“I wanted to go out and have a (bowling) spell, but
the doctor said I had to go for an x-ray.”
Broad has 14 wickets in the series to date and has
been the most successful bowler on beaten teams in
Brisbane and Adelaide. His absence was a massive
setback for England as Australia reached 235-3 at
stumps, an overall lead of 369.
After having all the momentum on Sunday, Australia
will be aiming to declare on Monday and then bowl
England out quickly to regain the urn for the first time
in four Ashes series.
Broad said it was a bleak day for England, which
started by losing wickets in the early overs.
“That started the day off pretty badly,” he said.
“Australia obviously didn’t have a lot of pressure on
them when they came out to bat and played very nicely
in the attacking way they’ve played all summer.”
Broad, who missed three tests due to injury in Eng-
land’s winning series here in 2010-11, was a key player
in England’s 3-0 Ashes win on home soil only four
months ago. He said there was no way England would
surrender the old urn without a fight in Perth.
“We’ve had numerous tests over the past four years
that we’ve managed to save when we’ve had no right
to save,” he said. “There’s a lot of belief in that changing
room, we’re certainly due a score.
“There’s a lot of guys with great test records who
haven’t produced this series so far and are desperate
to ... we’re hoping things change for us in the second
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, December 16, 2013
Zimbabwe’s domestic players
from the Mountaineers franchise,
and a few senior players of the
Mashonaland Eagles team, refused
to take the field for a Pro50 game
in Mutare yesterday, following
through with a threatened boycott
over unpaid salaries.
The players have extended their
deadline to Monday telling Zim-
babwe Cricket that unless monies
appear in their accounts, the
four-day fixture, scheduled to
start on December 17, will also
not go ahead.
The Eagles team had travelled
from Harare to Mutare for the one-
dayer against the Mountaineers,
without their senior players who
had chosen to stay behind and hon-
our the boycott.
They were eventually awarded
the match because they arrived at
the ground, but the Mountaineers,
the home side, didn’t. Another
Pro50 match between Southern
Rocks and Mid West Rhinos got
underway in Kwekwe. However,
Rhinos players Brendan Taylor, Vusi
Sibanda and Malcolm Waller were
not a part of the playing XI.
On Friday, Zimbabwe cricketers
had threatened to go on strike fol-
lowing delays in the payment of
their salaries and had given their
board a deadline of December 15
to pay up. It was learnt that players
on national contract had not
received payments for the last four
months, while dues to players on
domestic contracts had been
delayed by two months.
ESPNcricinfo understands Zim-
babwe Cricket has asked the ICC
for an additional loan of US$3 mil-
lion but an insider said the ICC
may only agree to that if ZC pro-
vided an audit of the funds they
received from the Targeted Assis-
tance and Performance Programme
earlier this year. Some of that
money is believed to have been
used to pay match fees for the Pak-
istan series, over which the Zim-
babwe players threatened to strike.
In August this year, the Zimbab-
we cricketers had formed a union
to participate in salary negotiations
prior to the series against Pakistan.
The board’s financial condition also
resulted in Sri Lanka’s tour to the
country in October being deferred.
That delay meant the national
team would not play from Sep-
tember until February next year,
and a lack of match practice was
a major concern ahead of the World
Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
This week a solution emerged
with Afghanistan willing to pay
their own way for three T20s and
an ODI in Zimbabwe in January. It
has now emerged that ZC is explor-
ing the possibility of playing those
matches in Bangladesh, rather than
Part of the rationale for that is
to acclimatise to subcontinent
conditions but it is understood that
a lack of funding is also a consid-
The domestic competitions in
Zimbabwe, scheduled to begin in
November, were also delayed due
to financial problems but the tour-
naments were finally held without
Zimbabwe players boycott domestic game
on injury report
England’s Stuart Broad is trapped lbw for 5 runs
on the third day of their Ashes cricket Test match
against Australia in Perth, Australia, yesterday.
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