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Stuart Broad to return home early from India tour

England fast bowler Stuart Broad
England fast bowler Stuart Broad Credit: PA

England fast bowler Stuart Broad is going to return home early from the tour of India because of injury.

He had a scan two days ago on his left heel and the results have ruled him out of the final Test which began in Nagpur today.

Twenty20 captain Broad, from Nottinghamshire, will also miss two matches against India in the shortest international format next week.


Fake Twitter account poked fun at Pietersen

Stuart Broad's denial of any involvement in setting up the fake Kevin Pietersen Twitter account, comes after Broad's friend Richard Bailey's claimed he set up the account.

England's Kevin Pietersen
England's Kevin Pietersen Credit: PA Pictures

Mr Bailey says he opened the parody Twitter account - KP Genius - laughing at Pietersen's personality in the third person. The account was later shut down after the England batsman was unhappy that some of his teammates followed it.

Mr Bailey, who says he is from Nottingham and has the Twitter name @Bailsthebadger, has said sorry for any offence he has caused and has said no professional cricketers were party to his exploits.

ECB: 'Broad did not breach confidences of Pietersen'

Managing director of England Cricket Hugh Morris
Managing director of England Cricket Hugh Morris Credit: PA Pictures

England Cricket Board Managing Director Hugh Morris said: "Having discussed this matter with Stuart, I am fully satisfied that he acted in a professional manner at all times and did not breach any confidences regarding fellow England player.

"ECB also accepts the apology Mr Bailey offered last night to the England team via his Twitter account and his reassurances that no professional cricketers were involved in the creation of this site."

Broad: 'I had no involvement' in fake Twitter account'

The English Cricket Board has issued the following statement on behalf of Stuart Broad in relation to the setting up of a fake Twitter account for Kevin Pietersen by a member of the public:

Following last night's statement by Mr Richard Bailey that he was responsible for creating a fake Twitter account in Kevin Pietersen's name, I would like to confirm that I had no involvement in this whatsoever.

I met with the Managing Director - England Cricket, Hugh Morris this morning and assured him that I did not play any role in the creation of this account or provide Mr Bailey with any information regarding Kevin Pietersen or the England team.


As has been widely reported Mr Bailey is a friend of mine, but we had no conversations regarding this issue at all and I am pleased that he has now decided to close the fake account down.



Cricket board announces winners of England Cricketer of Year Awards for 2011-12

The England and Wales Cricket Board has announced 19-year-old Callum Rigby, a bowler from Telford, Shropshire, has been named as the Disability Cricketer of the Year.

Callum took eight wickets for the Learning Disability Squad during their Tri-Series tournament in South Africa last year.

Stuart Broad won the ‘Fans’ Moment of the Year’ Award, for his hat-trick against India in last summer’s Trent Bridge Test Match.

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