Broad ruled out of Sri Lanka ODI series

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England will be without fast bowler Stuart Broad for the ODI series against Sri Lanka later this month, after the paceman failed to recover from his knee injury in time.

England will be without fast bowler Stuart Broad for the ODI series against Sri Lanka later this month, after the paceman failed to recover from his knee injury in time.

Broad confirmed his absence at an promotional event in Covent Gardens on Tuesday, with his patella tendonitis still proving a concern as he battles to be fit in time for the Test series.

Broad said: "I'm just having a little bit of time to get my knee 100% right. I've played a lot of one-day cricket over the past four months when a lot of the other guys were resting after Australia.

"[I'll] hopefully be back for the seven back-to-back Tests, five against Sri Lanka, two against India, and the one-day series at the end of the summer.

"You can never say definitely with England shirts but I'll definitely be in a Notts shirt on 25 May, pushing for an England shirt in that first Test match against Sri Lanka."

Broad has not played a match since the end of March, the last game seeing his side lose to the Netherlands at the World Twenty20, and he played through his knee issue in that tournament.

He had sat out two games prior to that, during the tour to the West Indies, where he took just three wickets in four matches and was visibly uncomfortable. But with Ben Stokes and Joe Root ruled out of the WT20, Broad was forced to play.

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