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Broad optimistic over injury

England captain Stuart Broad is due to sit out his side's first World Twenty20 warm-up game but is confident he will be fit to play a full part in the tournament.

Broad missed the last two Twenty20 internationals with West Indies last week due to a flaring up of tendonitis in his right knee and received an injection to ease the condition before the squad departed Barbados on Friday.

The same sides meet again in Fatullah tomorrow as preparations for the global competition continue, but Broad is set to leave deputy Eoin Morgan in charge once again while he readies himself for Wednesday's final practice match against India.

An optimistic Stuart Broad today said in Dhaka: "I would say I will definitely play against India (on Wednesday)."

"I had an injection on my knee last week and they normally take eight to 10 days (to take effect) but with the flight, we left Barbados on Friday afternoon and didn't get here until Sunday night," he said.

"It was quite a long travel and we had to manage that. It is unlikely I will play (against West Indies) because I have not actually run since I had the injection yet, but I would say I will definitely play against India the next day.

"The soreness has gone a bit. I managed to get a gym session in while we were in Dubai. We were 12 hours in transit so I have rested pretty well."

Broad admits he would feel different about his role if the rigours of a Test series were on the horizon rather than the short, sharp shock of Twenty20.

He would not need to be at his physical peak to successfully negotiate four overs per match in Bangladesh, but may be due a well-earned rest once England's participation is over.

"If it was a Test tour it might be more concerning but with only four overs per game I am pretty confident I will be able to play a full part in this World Cup," he concluded.

Broad, speaking at his captain's arrival press conference in Dhaka, is optimistic that England can repeat their 2010 World T20 triumph, starting against New Zealand in Chittagong on Saturday.

"The guys have been in great spirits and are really excited about coming here and putting those skills to the test,” he said.

"This is our last tour of the winter having been in Australia for a lot of it but there is still a lot of excitement and energy about the World Cup and that is what you need.

"The thing about T20 World Cups is that it is all about momentum and peaking for those two-and-a-half, three weeks. The fact that no side has won it twice shows there is no particular speciality in the way you play, just that one team gets on a roll.

"In sub-continental conditions you probably expect a sub-continental team to be in the final and take victory but we know deep down we have some really good match-winners in our team. If one of those can take the tournament by the scruff of the neck, suddenly you can find yourself in the final or a semi-final so it is really exciting."

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