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Cricket World Cup: Crocked Broad dents England’s World dream

BY david clough

Stuart Broad is to fly home from the World Cup today because of a side injury, the ECB have confirmed.

The England seamer this afternoon received the news he was dreading, having undergone two scans after suffering soreness in his upper side during Sunday's Group B victory over South Africa.

Broad's early departure is the second major blow in as many days to England's prospects of winning this tournament for the first time in their history, following Kevin Pietersen's return to the UK to have a hernia operation.

Broad is likely to be replaced by fast bowler Chris Tremlett, who has been with the England squad throughout their campaign as a stand-by player.

Broad suffered discomfort during his second spell on the way to four for 15 in Sunday's much-needed Group B victory over South Africa in Chennai.

“I've not had a side strain in this manner before,” he said.

“It's quite a common injury for bowlers.

“I felt a little bit tight during the South Africa game. It started to throb a little bit throughout my second spell.

“Then after the game it stiffened up when the adrenaline was out of my body.”

ECB chief medical officer Dr Nick Peirce said: “Stuart felt some discomfort following the South Africa match and our initial assessment indicated a strain to his left side.

“Subsequent scans have confirmed a significant side strain injury that will rule him out of the remainder of the World Cup.”

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Ross Taylor's terrific unbeaten century set up New Zealand's comprehensive 110-run victory over Pakistan in their World Cup Group A match in Pallekele.

Birthday boy Taylor scored 131 off 124 balls and in a late blitz added 84 in 22 balls with Jacob Oram (25 off nine) as New Zealand blasted 100 off last five overs to reach 302 for seven.

Pakistan's chase was derailed after half the side were dismissed inside 15 overs, with paceman Tim Southee picking up three before they were eventually dismissed for 192 in under 42 overs.

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