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Injured Broad adds to England's plight

cricket Updated: Dec 16, 2013 00:54 IST

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Stuart Broad is determined to keep contributing to England's cause in the Ashes despite being hobbled on Sunday after a Mitchell Johnson yorker crashed into his right foot.

England's leading paceman in the series couldn't bowl or field on day three at the WACA as Australia tightened their grip on the Ashes, but Broad is ready to bat to help his team save the match and hasn't given up hope of playing in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

He's waiting for the results of medical scans before knowing the extent of the injury.

"Something showed up on the X-ray but it was a bit inconclusive so had to have an MRI," said Broad, who arrived at a news conference on crutches and wearing a protective boot.

"I'm desperate to play a part in the rest of the Ashes series. I won't be bowling tomorrow, but there's a bit of a break in between this test and the next and I'm desperate to be there," he said.

Broad was hit on the right foot, the front foot as he takes his batting stance, as he was trapped lbw for five by Johnson in the first session.

Broad said he felt intense pain immediately but tried to practice some bowling to prove he was ok to go back onto the field.

"Obviously I was desperate to get out there and bowl so I had to try it out in the nets," he said.

"Normally with a bruise you get a bit of blood but when you get going the pain decreases. It actually increased quite a bit in the nets. I wanted to go out and have a (bowling) spell, but the doctor said I had to go for an X-ray."