Cricket - Broad to play in mask as England name unchanged squad

England have named an unchanged squad for the fifth Test against India, with Stuart Broad expected to play in a face mask.

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England's Stuart Broad is hit in the face by a delivery from India's Varun Aaron at Old Trafford

The paceman was hit on the bridge of his nose while batting at Old Trafford on Saturday when a short ball from Varun Aaron found its way between the peak of Broad's helmet and the grille.

He watched the rest of the game from hospital as England skittled India for 161 in their second innings to win by an innings and 54 runs and take a 2-1 lead in the series with one match remaining.

Broad posted a picture of himself on Twitter on Sunday morning with a bloodied and stitched-up nose but, despite X-rays showing a fracture, he seems certain to play at The Oval.

Broad wrote: " Little bit sore this morning but not too bad! Doc did a great job with the stitches. On to The Oval! (With a mask)."

The 28-year-old, who was named man of the match for his six wickets in the first innings, has already announced that he will undergo knee surgery after the series.

Steve Finn and Ben Stokes were the two players omitted from the side at Old Trafford who will hope to force their way into the XI for the Oval Test, which begins on Friday.

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