Stuart Broad’s omission from the England team in the first Test against the West Indies didn’t come as the biggest surprise, especially when considering he spent time beyond the boundary on his nation’s previous tour of Sri Lanka.
However, it appears as though the seamer has sustained a rather embarrassing injury.
Confirmed by Jonathan Agnew of Test Match Special, bed bugs had reportedly found their way to the 32-year-old’s unmentionables.
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Given the week off in Barbados, the Nottinghamshire man is having to watch youngster Sam Curran given the chance to affect the game.
England have opted for a spin-focused attack in Barbados, packing both Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali in the team, on what is admittedly a slow pitch.
Sitting out might be a blessing in disguise for Broad, even if it did come at the cost of some considerable pain to his gentleman’s region.
In an Ashes year, it’s never the worst thing to be savvy with a fast-bowler’s body.