Broad expected to make Oval Test

Stuart Broad was hit in the face from a Varun Aaron delivery

Stuart Broad was hit in the face from a Varun Aaron delivery

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England expect all-rounder Stuart Broad to be fit for the final Investec Test against India despite suffering a broken nose at Emirates Old Trafford.

Broad was struck by an 88.1mph Varun Aaron bouncer while batting on the third day of the fourth Test, with the ball passing through the grille of his helmet.

The 28-year-old had hooked the previous two Aaron deliveries for six as England quickened the tempo in building a sizeable lead on their way to what proved to be an innings victory.

Broad immediately called for attention after being hit but, with a bloodied nose and looking groggy, was forced to retire hurt.

He received further treatment in the dressing room but was later taken to hospital.

A spokesperson for the England and Wales Cricket Board said: "X-rays have confirmed a fractured nose. He will be treated over the course of the week and the medical team anticipates he will be available for the fifth Test."

Broad, who has already announced he will undergo knee surgery after the series, was named man of the match after his six for 25 on the first day.

The fifth Test is due to begin at the Oval next Friday and captain Alastair Cook is hopeful he will be fit.

Cook said: "It's a nasty blow and we wish him well. It's a shock when you see that happen with the helmets these days."

Broad missed a remarkable performance as England took nine wickets after tea to send India spinning to an emphatic three-day defeat.

Cook revealed he had sent his congratulations to the rest of the team.

Cook said: "On the WhatsApp group he said 'great viewing from the hospital bed!'"

Broad himself tweeted: "Amazing win that!! Watched the last 8 wickets in a hospital! 2-1 One to go come on boys!"

The incident bore similarities to one in county cricket last month when Somerset's Craig Kieswetter was hit by a ball which also got through the grille.

The England one-day wicketkeeper suffered a broken nose and fractured eye socket after being hit by Northamptonshire's David Willey and required an operation.

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