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Broad not ready to throw in towel
Stuart Broad is refusing to give up on his and England's Ashes campaign, despite a debilitating day for both at the WACA.
Broad had to leave the scene of England's misery, where they ended day three of the third Test 369 runs behind, to have X-rays and scans on his right foot.
England's frontline pace bowler was unavailable, while David Warner (112) and Chris Rogers (54) were piling on the agony for his team-mates on the way to 235 for three at stumps.
Broad must wait until medical experts in England have assessed scans to decide his chances of playing in the last two Tests.
England's Ashes prospects are perhaps in an even sorrier state after they lost their last six wickets for 61 to be bowled out for 251 and put themselves on apparent course for a third successive defeat.
Should that transpire, far from initial hopes of winning a fourth successive Ashes series, the urn will already be gone at 3-0 down.
Broad hobbled into the close-of-play press conference on crutches, and wearing a conspicuous protective shoe, after being hit almost full on his right metatarsal by a Mitchell Johnson delivery which got him out lbw.
He insisted nonetheless, having left England's famous Ashes victory down under mid-series because of injury three years ago, that he hopes he can stay the course this time.
"Even if there's a small crack there and my symptoms aren't painful, I see no reason why I can't continue to play," Broad said.
"I've got 10 days till Boxing Day ... I see no reason why I can't get myself back in the frame [for the Melbourne Test]."
Broad hopes to bat here if his team need him to, but admits his frustration already at being unable to help against Warner.
"I was desperate to get out there and bowl, so I had to try it out in the nets," he said.
"Normally, with a bruise, you'll get a bit of blood to it and get going - and the pain decreases.
"This actually increased quite a bit. I wanted to go out and have a spell, but the doc said I had to have an X-ray.
"Something showed up on the X-ray, but it was a bit inconclusive, so I had to have an MRI.
"We're just waiting on those results back from England now."
Broad is still optimistic.
"I'm desperate to play a part in the rest of this Ashes. There's a bit of a break between this Test and the next, and I'm desperate to be there," he said.
The 27-year-old does not accept, despite England's perilous position, that the urn is already as good as lost.
"No, that's certainly not the way we think," he added.
"We've had numerous Tests over the past four years that we've managed to save when we had no right to.
"There is a lot of belief in that changing room that we're certainly due a score; there's a lot of guys with great Test records in there, who haven't delivered in this series so far and are desperate to.
"We know, if you keep working hard on your game, things change for you - and we're hoping it does for us in the second innings."
Australia, however, have every right to be very confident.
"I don't think we could be in a better position, that's for sure," said Rogers.
"We aren't taking anything for granted - but to finish day three 370 in front, that is position A.
"Today was amazing, as good as we have had in the Ashes so far."
During his century opening stand with Warner, Rogers began to sense England knew they were fighting a losing battle.
"The heat and being so far behind takes its toll, and they realise a victory is out of your grasp," he said.
"From there, you get a bit defensive, and someone like Davey (Warner) is going to take advantage of that."
Cracks in the WACA pitch, in line with the stumps, will make England's task even more hazardous.
"If these cracks keep widening, it's going to be very hard to bat on - and a little bit scary," added Rogers.
"I think they know, particularly with our pace, that gets a bit worrying."
Along with Australian superiority, the other recurring theme of the series has been apparent bad blood between the teams.
Again, eyebrows were raised and umpires engaged when the combative Warner appeared to swap insults with England players around the bat.
Rogers said: "There's a lot of intensity out there, and things are said.
"So be it. We're all men, and we're happy to deal with it out in the middle.
"Davey was quite fired-up."