Broad ruled out of series


ADELAIDE, December 6- England fast bowler Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the rest of the Ashes Test series and the one-day internationals against Australia with a stomach injury, team officials said on Tuesday.Broad has torn abdominal stomach muscles from Monday’s fourth day and will not take any further part in the second Adelaide Test, officials said.

The tall Nottinghamshire paceman left the field with the injury after his second bowling spell but returned after tea on Monday.

A team spokesman said Broad would return home shortly to begin rehabilitation and recovery ahead of England’s ICC World Cup campaign in South Asia in February.

"Stuart has a torn abdominal muscle and as such will take no further part in the current Ashes tour of Australia," England team doctor Nick Peirce said in a statement.

"Given the nature of the injury Stuart has been ruled out of the forthcoming ODI series (in January) against Australia as well.

"Stuart will return to England shortly to commence a rehabilitation programme and we expect him to make a full recovery in time for the World Cup next year."

Broad, 24, said he was devastated by his injury setback.

"Playing for England in an Ashes series in Australia has been something I’ve dreamed of for a long time so to have that cut short by injury is devastating," Broad said.

"So far the series has been everything I had anticipated and knowing I’ll play no further part is quite hard to take.

"Given the way we had started the series I was looking forward to playing a leading role in England retaining the Ashes but that’s not to be.

"Injuries happen and there’s nothing I can do about it other than make sure I get stuck into rehabilitation and come back stronger in time for the World Cup next year.

"This (northern) winter is a big one for the England team so my focus will have to shift to preparing for the World Cup."

Chris Tremlett and Ajmal Shahzad are in line to replace Broad for the third Test, starting in Perth on December 16.