Broad ruled out of final Test

Stuart Broad has endured a difficult tour after being left out of the third Test

Stuart Broad has endured a difficult tour after being left out of the third Test

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Stuart Broad has been ruled out of contention for Thursday's final Test against India because of his bruised left heel, but may still be available for next week's two Twenty20s.

England's Twenty20 captain was highly unlikely in any case to be selected to play India in Nagpur, when the tourists will be bidding for a historic 3-1 series win.

The fast bowler lost form, after first suffering a heel injury in a tour match in Mumbai last month, and was not involved in last week's seven-wicket victory at Eden Gardens. After suffering more discomfort at net practice on Wednesday, he was sent for a second scan - which showed exactly the same as the first one he underwent five weeks ago.

Test captain Alastair Cook confirmed the news at his press conference at the VCA Stadium.

"Stuart is out of this Test match," he said.

"His scan has showed a bruised heel, and we'll assess him over the next day or so to see what happens with the Twenty20. We'll know a bit more when it settles down."

Broad has endured an especially miserable tour, in which he did not manage to take a wicket in either of the first two Tests - and was then dropped for the third, in order to accommodate fit-again seamer Steven Finn.

"It's the nature of sport, isn't it? Some people have good tours, and some people don't," added Cook.

"Unfortunately, more down to niggles and and illnesses, Broady hasn't quite managed to get into the tour.

"It's frustrating for him, and disappointing for us as a side. But we all know the class of Broady, and he'll be back."

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