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England optimistic over Broad fitness

England are confident captain Stuart Broad will be ready for the start of their World Twenty20 campaign against New Zealand after he played a role in today's warm-up loss to India.

Broad has been battling tendonitis in his right knee since the back end of the West Indies tour and missed his side's last three Twenty20 fixtures before bowling two overs in the 20-run defeat at Mirpur.

Teams are allowed to use their full squads in the practice matches and England took advantage of that rule by keeping the same XI who had been beaten by West Indies yesterday and adding Broad to the mix.

Spinner James Tredwell says Stuart Broad "is heading in the right direction and I'm sure he'll be wanting to get on the field on Saturday."

Eoin Morgan continued as stand-in skipper with Broad only present for part of the proceedings, but a return to the side appears imminent.

Broad fielded for long enough to make himself eligible to bowl two overs and left the field as soon as his spell was over, but he showed no obvious discomfort and sent the ball down at full pace.

Spinner James Tredwell said: "It's looking pretty good for Stuart. I think that it went to plan today - two overs - and he had a bit of a bat before play started.

"He's heading in the right direction and I'm sure he'll be wanting to get on the field on Saturday and play.

"He's one we ink into the 11 and his leadership skills are part of his role. We've got Eoin, who's done brilliantly on the field, but Stuart has been involved in the planning and how we go about things out in the middle.

"He's taken a full role when he's been out and when he is fit he will take over."

Despite a second warm-up defeat, Tredwell is refusing to dwell on the negatives.

"I think we'd like this result to have gone our way but there were a lot more positives from this game than the last one," he added.

"We're on the right track I guess as we head to Chittagong and prepare for the first game.

"If we continue that work ethic and look to improve our skills hopefully the right things will happen for us in the tournament."

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