Broad says he still battles mental demons after his head injury against India last August.
England star Stuart Broad says he still has nightmares after being hit in the face by a Varun Aaron bouncer during the Test series against India last August.
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Broad top-edged an Aaron delivery between the gap in his helmet, with the ball hitting him on the bridge of the nose.
The 28-year-old says he still struggles with the mental scars left by the injury.
“I get nightmares still and I wake up thinking I have been hit in the face by a ball,” he is quoted as saying by the BBC.
“Even when I get tired I see balls flying at me. My jaw clicks from it and if I have two glasses of wine I have black eyes.”
Broad says the injury had hurt his confidence, especially while he sat out of the game whilst nursing a knee injury.
“It knocked my confidence big time. Not for the next game – I felt fine going out to bat, nervous but fine,” he said.
“But during my time out with the knee injury, I had nightmares about it.
“It probably has affected me more [than just the facial injuries]. It was a decent blow.”
Broad’s form has mirrored that of his side during the Cricket World Cup, with the quick having taken just two wickets in four matches.