Bouncer breaks Broad nose
Stuart Broad top edges the ball under his grill and into his face. Pic: AP

UPDATE 6pm: England officials expect Stuart Broad to play in the fifth and final Test against India at The Oval next week despite confirming the paceman had suffered a broken nose in their fourth Test win at Old Trafford.

"X-rays confirm a fractured nose," an England and Wales Cricket Board spokeswoman told reporters at Old Trafford after England, with Broad off the field, completed a spectacular innings and 54-run victory inside three days to go 2-1 up in the series.

"He will have treatment over the course of the week and the medical team anticipate he will be available for the fifth Test."

Broad was hit when, trying to hook Varun Aaron for what would have been a third six in as many balls of the India fast bowler, he missed, with the ball lodging between the peak of his helmet and the grille.

Broad was still named man-of-the-match for his first-innings return of six for 25 that was pivotal in India being skittled out for 152 after the tourists had won the toss.

Stuart Broad tweets a pic of his injuries. Pic via Twitter/@StuartBroad8

Broad, with blood coming out of a nose wound, had several minutes of on-field treatment from the England physiotherapist before retiring hurt on 12, with England then 8-338.

He didn't resume his innings when new-ball partner James Anderson was ninth man out, with England thus 367 all out for a first-innings lead of 215 runs.

"Amazing win that!! Watched the last 8 wickets in a hospital! 2-1 One to go come on boys!," tweeted Broad from his hospital bed.

Broad tweeted a pic of the injuries on Sunday, saying: "Little bit sore this morning but not too bad! Doc did a great job with the stitches. On to The Oval! (With a mask)"

Stuart Broad is led from the field. Pic: AP

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