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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.

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England bowler James Anderson to miss first India Test

James Anderson. Credit: PA

England seamer James Anderson will miss the first Test against India next month as he continues his recovery from an injury to his right shoulder.

Anderson, England's record Test wicket-taker with 463 scalps in 119 matches, was ruled out of the forthcoming series against Bangladesh due to a recurrence of the problem which first flared up over the summer, when he sustained a stress fracture to the area.

His rehabilitation will now stretch into the India series, where he will be absent for the first Test in Rajkot, which gets under way on November 9.

England captain Alastair Cook announced the news, saying: "I don't think he'll be there for the start. He might be ready to do some training, but he won't be ready for the first Test match."

Strauss expects Morgan to return as England ODI captain for India tour

Eoin Morgan. Credit: PA

England boss Andrew Strauss expects Eoin Morgan to captain the one-day side in India despite withdrawing from the Bangladesh tour because of his security fears.

Morgan led England to seven wins from 10 ODI matches this summer but, along with fellow batsman Alex Hales, he will be absent from the Bangladesh trip in October.

Strauss says the call to miss out on Bangladesh will not be held against the pair, and he expects Morgan to resume his leadership role on the tour of India in November.

"Right from the start we said there are not going to be any recriminations," England and Wales Cricket Board director Strauss told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme.

"It's not like these guys are going to be black-listed and their names will not be put forward for selection. They absolutely will be.

"Both have done outstanding jobs for England over the last 12 months, especially Eoin Morgan whose captaining has been sensational.

"Of course, we can't give any guarantees because the situation might change on the ground in Bangladesh.

"Someone might come in and do unbelievably well, but the intention is for Eoin to come back in as captain and Alex will be in the mix for selection as well."

England beat Pakistan in third Test at Edgbaston

England now lead the series 2-1. Credit: PA

England will take an unassailable 2-1 lead to The Oval for next week's final Investec Test after wrapping up a 141-run victory over Pakistan at Edgbaston.

Hometown hero Chris Woakes and Steven Finn provided the telling surge, with four wickets for one run between them just before tea, as England bowled the tourists out for 201.

They were completing an improbable fightback, having conceded a 103-run first-innings deficit, and did so ultimately with 13.1 overs to spare - despite the determination of young opener Sami Aslam (70) and then the late sting of an improbable 50 stand between numbers 10 and 11 Sohail Khan and Rahat Ali.

Buttler sidelined with thumb fracture

Jos Buttler. Credit: PA

England international Jos Buttler is set for a spell on the sidelines after Lancashire announced the wicketkeeper-batsman has sustained a fractured left thumb.

The 25-year-old was struck by a bottom edge from Ben Cox's bat while keeping during the Lightning's T20 Blast win over Worcestershire on Friday.

He was in visible discomfort for the remainder of Worcestershire's innings, but the blow did not stop him blasting a 20-ball half-century, Lancashire's fastest fifty in Twenty20 cricket.

Lancashire cricket director and head coach Ashley Giles confirmed after the match that Buttler would undergo an X-ray and now his county and the England and Wales Cricket Board have provided an update on his condition.

A statement read: "Lancashire and England's Jos Buttler received a blow to his left thumb during Friday night's NatWest T20 Blast match against Worcestershire Rapids at New Road.

"X-rays later revealed he sustained a small stable fracture which will be managed conservatively."

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