Stuart Broad to miss second India Test due to calf injury

Stuart Broad, England’s pace spearhead, has twisted his right calf during training, which is a major concern ahead of the Lord’s Test. Before making a final decision, he will have a scan on Wednesday.

India’s Shardul Thakur, who is also dealing with a hamstring issue, is in the same boat.

According to reports in the UK media, the 35-year-old is unable to put any weight on his right leg as a result of the incident.

He could have suffered a calf strain or Achilles tendon injury, which could force him to withdraw from the five-match series. Broad was set to play his 150th Test at Lord’s, but his place in the XI is now in peril.

In the first Test against India, the bowler had took only one wicket. Due to Broad’s injury, Mark Wood may be able to join the likes of James Anderson, Sam Curran, and Ollie Robinson in the starting XI. After playing all three Tests together this summer, Broad’s record-breaking partnership with Jimmy Anderson appears to be over.

Haseeb Hameed and Moeen Ali are both expected to start for England against India. While Haseeb Hameed might replace Zak Crawley, who averages just over 11 in tests, Dan Lawrence or Dominic Sibley could miss out on a berth for Moeen Ali, who could bat in the top three positions.

Following his recall to the England squad for the second Test against India at Lord’s, captain Joe Root believes Moeen Ali can once again be a match-winner in Test cricket.

Moeen has primarily played limited-overs cricket over the last two years, with his sole Test match since the 2019 Ashes coming in February, in England’s second Test defeat to India in Chennai.