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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

England paceman Broad out of Ashes

ADELAIDE: England fast bowler Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the rest of the Ashes and the following one-day internationals against Australia with injury, team officials said Tuesday.

A bitterly disappointed Broad, 24, tore abdominal stomach muscles on Monday's fourth day and did not take any further part in the second Adelaide Test.

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

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

Skipper Andrew Strauss said after England's crushing innings victory over Australia that the team was similarly disappointed.

Strauss said that Chris Tremlett, Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad would get their chance to replace Broad in the next tour match, against Victoria starting in Melbourne on Friday.

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