Snow forces Broad to miss India trip
Stuart Broad has had to shelve plans to join England’s one-day team in India after snow ruined his travel arrangements.
The seam bowler has been recovering from a heel injury and was scheduled to meet up with the squad in Chandigarh ahead of the last two one-day internationals of the Airtel Series.
Yet Broad, who has not played competitively since the second Test at Mumbai in November, was left grounded in the UK due to the extensive cancellations and delays at Heathrow.
Broad, who has been bowling at the National Performance Centre in Loughborough, will now meet his team-mates in New Zealand, on the next leg of their winter travels.
England limited-overs head coach Ashley Giles admitted the delay was a disappointment, but believes there is still plenty of time to get Broad ready before the first Twenty20 in Auckland on February 9.
“Stuart is not coming to India now,” confirmed Giles.
“He got snowed in at Heathrow and I think his bags went missing as well, so he is going to join us out in New Zealand.
“It’s not ideal because we were hoping for him to come out here and, whether or not he played in one of the last two games, just do some prep for New Zealand.
“But we have a bit of time in New Zealand and he’ll meet us there.
“It can’t be helped; you can’t do much about snow.”
Giles, meanwhile, has urged his side to come out fighting in Mohali on Wednesday.
After a hugely impressive victory in the series-opener at Rajkot, England have been dismissed for less than 160 in successive matches and now trail India 2-1.
“Ultimately, we’re not going to win too many games of cricket with 150; that’s pretty plain,” conceded Giles.
“It’s a concern because it has happened twice in a row now. You feel knocked and everyone in the dressing room is disappointed, but we have to bounce back.
“There’s no point in moping or dragging yourself around for a couple of days. The next game is on Wednesday and the one thing we have to be is up for it. It’s important we are up for the fight.”
England have used 12 players in the series so far, with Chris Woakes replacing the injured Tim Bresnan in Kochi before making way when the Yorkshireman returned to fitness.
Changes could be made for the remaining matches, however, as Giles and Alastair Cook attempt to get things back on track.
“Part of this trip was always about having a look at different options,” explained Giles.
“Myself and the captain will talk about it in the next couple of days because we need to see the wicket before we make any big decisions.
“We have a good squad here, with depth, and we have to pick the best team to win the next game of cricket.”