England pacer Stuart Broad, who was hit on the nose by a bouncer from the Indian fast bowler Varun Aaron in the fourth Test at Old Trafford, hinted that he may play the fifth and final Test against India with a face mask.
Broad, in the first over after lunch on the third day, had just hooked a couple of Aaron bouncers for two sixes in as many balls. But, trying to make it three in a row, he failed to connect, with the ball lodging between the peak of his helmet and the grill. He had to leave the field immediately.
The painful blow left him with a fractured nose.
England, meanwhile, went on to win the Test and are now leading the five-match series 2-1 after India suffered a humiliating defeat by an innings and 54 runs in Manchester.
Broad on Sunday tweeted the image of his nose and wrote that he was ready to play in the last Test at Oval.
"Little bit sore this morning but not too bad! Doc did a great job with the stitches. On to The Oval! (With a mask)," he said on the micro-blogging website.
Broad has taken 16 wickets so far in the series and is the fourth best bowler after teammates James Anderson (21), Moeen Ali (19) and India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar (18). At Manchester, the lanky pacer claimed six wickets in the first innings.
England also named an unchanged 13-man squad, which included Broad, for the fifth Test starting on 15 August at the Oval in London.