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England waiting on Broad heel injury

Broad was only able to bowl one over before leaving the field complaining of pain in the problem area. Credit: PA

England will find out later today whether Stuart Broad will be available for the first Test against South Africa after the fast bowler aggravated a long-standing injury to his left heel yesterday.

Broad was only able to bowl one over before leaving the field complaining of pain in the problem area as Nottinghamshire completed a comprehensive innings-and-280-run victory over Leicestershire in the Specsavers County Championship.

Press Association Sport understands the 30-year-old has undergone a scan and England should know whether he will be fit to face the Proteas later this afternoon.

Broad has been managing his left heel for a number of years and wears special bowling boots in an effort to prevent injury.

Nottinghamshire head coach Peter Moores moved to allay fears over the paceman, saying: "Stuart had a bit of pain in his heel, he's had it for a while.

"If the situation had been different he could have pushed on through it, but there was no need to so he came off and we'll monitor it and look after him."

Broad is the latest bowling concern for England ahead of the start of the Test summer in two weeks' time, with Chris Woakes struggling with a side strain while James Anderson has only recently recovered from a groin injury.



Roland-Jones makes England debut at Lord's

Toby Roland-Jones made his England debut on his home ground as Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett were added to the first-choice players rested in the third Royal London Series match against South Africa at Lord's.

Roland-Jones was among three players called in as cover on the eve of this final match, in which England are bidding for a 3-0 whitewash, and he and fellow Middlesex seamer Steven Finn came straight into the team.

Toby Roland-Jones makes his international debut at his home ground. Credit: PA

Wood and Plunkett were rested along with the absences already announced as injury precautions for Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali.

Jonny Bairstow replaced Stokes at number five, and David Willey came in for his first match of the series, as England made four changes in all to the team which took an unassailable 2-0 lead at the Ageas Bowl on Saturday.

South Africa won the toss for the third successive time and, again as previously, chose to bowl first. Morne Morkel was selected for the first time to lead their attack, and JP Duminy and Wayne Parnell returned after being rested in Southampton.

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