Snow prevents England seamer Broad from returning to India

Julian Harris
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THE WEEKEND’S heavy snow has prevented England seam bowler Stuart Broad from flying out to rejoin his colleagues on the final stage of their tour of India, it was revealed yesterday.

In a tale familiar to many frustrated travellers, England’s new one-day international coach Ashley Giles explained that Broad’s trip was thwarted by cancelled flights and lost luggage.

“Stuart is not coming to India now. He got snowed in at Heathrow and I think his bags went missing as well,” Giles said.

“It can’t be helped; you can’t do much about snow.”

Broad has been in England recovering from a heel injury. Trailing 2-1 in the series, his team-mates have two ODIs left against India, starting on Wednesday.

They then depart for New Zealand for the next stage of the winter tour.

“It’s not ideal because we were hoping for him to come out here and, whether or not he played in one of the last two games, just do some prep for New Zealand,” Giles added, of Broad. “But we have a bit of time in New Zealand and he’ll meet us there.”

Broad said on Twitter yesterday: “Gutted I can’t get to India. I’m off home with all my luggage at Heathrow.”