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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.

Stuart Broad becomes top-ranked Test bowler

Stuart Broad. Credit: PA

Stuart Broad has become the number one Test bowler in the world after inspiring England to victory over South Africa in the third Test.

Broad's best overseas figures of six for 17 sealed a 2-0 series win in Johannesburg and catapulted him to number one in the International Cricket Council's rankings.

Steve Harmison was the last England bowler to reach the summit, back in 2004, with Sir Ian Botham also achieving top spot in 1980.

Broad, the top wicket-taker in the current series with 15 at 16.46, overtakes India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and injured Proteas paceman Dale Steyn.

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Broad sorry over missing event with 'migraine'

Stuart Broad reportedly went out drinking. Credit: PA

Stuart Broad says he missed a sponsors event on Thursday morning due a migraine.

It was reported that the England bowler has not returned to his hotel room until 7am on Thursday morning following a drinking session with Matt Prior, but the Nottinghamshire seamer has played down the claims.

I don't want to go into massive detail about it but I think it was probably not as bad as it was portrayed. And I woke up with a migraine.

I wasn't on England duty for the ECB but I did apologise for putting them in that position because after the week they've had with (Andrew) Strauss and Pietersen, it was probably not what they needed.

I feel like now is the time as a team that we need to go 'cricket, cricket, cricket' because when we do that, that is generally when we get some good results.

– Stuart Broad

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England bowler takes wicket despite two black eyes

England bowler Stuart Broad claimed the wicket of India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara today despite playing with two black eyes.

Broad seen warming up this morning. Credit: PA

He had been pictured in a team photograph yesterday with heavy bruising and bandaging on his nose.

Broad seen yesterday with heavy bandaging on his nose. Credit: Reuters

Broad sustained the injury after being hit by the ball in the previous test at Old Trafford.

Broad edged a bouncer delivery and the ball wedged in the gap between his peak and his grill. Credit: Reuters

England cricketers save a man from suicide attempt

They suffered a humiliating defeat in the Ashes, but yesterday England cricketers Matt Prior and Stuart Broad were heralded as heroes when they saved a suicidal British man from jumping off a bridge near their hotel in Australia, The Daily Telegraph reported.

England's Stuart Broad and Matt Prior helped save a suicidal man in Sydney, Australia. Credit: PA

Prior told the paper that he and the team’s security officer, Terry Minish, pulled the man away from the edge of Pyrmont Bridge in Darling Harbour and along with pace bowler Broad, spent an hour talking to him before police arrived.

“We just did what anybody would do in that situation,” Prior said.

“We were trying to help a bloke who was struggling and in a bad way. I look back and I’m just glad we left the bar when we did and we were there for him.”

The man, who The Times reported is from Cheltenham, had thrown his telephone, passport and wallet into the water and apparently did not recognise the cricketers.

Following the incident Broad tweeted that he was "proud" of Prior's actions.

"@MattPrior13 is a best friend of mine and I'm very proud of him. It was a tough situation but so glad he was there."

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