Pakistan Blames Broad For Haider Injury

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There is little doubt that Stuart Broad has been in a bad mood and the pointless throw at Edgebaston in the last test was merely a petulant outburst, but was it really the cause of the bone fracture that has put Zulqarnain Haider out of the third test that begins later this week? Pakistan says that it was whilst England disagrees.

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This weekend an X-ray showed that Haider was suffering from a broken bone in the little finger of his right hand. Broad’s throw had hit Haider’s right hand and he subsequently removed his glove to inspect his little finger. However, elsewhere it has been claimed that the fractured finger was the result of a previous incident that had happened in practice during the Pakistan Australia match at Headingley.

The question is why Pakistan should wish to blame Broad. There is speculation that it is an attempt to replace Haider in the squad, possibly by Kamran Akmal and that this will give them the opportunity to do so.

There have been no changes to the England side and England is hoping that Pakistan will provide a stronger opposition than they have done so far in the test series.

England needs this as preparation for the Ashes in Australia in three months time. This series has been all about preparing for this, but the dire playing of Pakistan has not helped England in this task. In particular so far the England bowlers have had all their own way. They can’t hope that it will be the same in Australia.

If England wins the third test against Pakistan then it will be seven wins on the trot which should at least give England confidence for an Ashes victory. Odds on England retaining the Ashes are 11/4 with Eurosport, 12/5 with totesport and 9/4 with Stan James.

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