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Stuart Broad talks about his disappointment after the injury is confirmed

England bowler Stuart Broad is targeting World Cup glory after injury ruled him out for the remainder of the tour of Australia.

The paceman suffered a torn abdominal muscle while bowling in the second innings at Adelaide and will miss the remaining three Ashes Tests plus the Twenty20 and one-day internationals that follow.

Broad, who is expected to be sidelined for around 10 weeks, is determined to work hard to ensure he is back to full fitness in time to help England win the World Cup, which starts in February.

“I’m obviously gutted to be missing the three Tests and all the one-day series but if I can get right for the World Cup and bring that one home then it will be a little bit of a silver cloud,” the Nottinghamshire bowler said.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my five weeks out here, but the thing about sport is you can’t see when an injury is going to come and unfortunately this was my time.

“I’ve had an injury-free career so far, so to pick up something like this is devastating, but I’m obviously going to be very supportive of the lads and I think we do have a fantastic opportunity, and hopefully we can keep playing the kind of cricket we have been and I think it will be good fun to watch.”

Broad is staying positive in the knowledge it is not the most severe injury he could have suffered.

“It’s not the worst because you can get cruciates and ankle problems that can put you out for a year so 10 weeks is not the end of the world,” he said.

“It’s been a fantastic experience to play out here and the support we have had has been immense and I’m sure that will continue throughout Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.”

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