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Giles backs Broad for Bangladesh

Ashley Giles says England's top order needs to fire

Ashley Giles is "confident" that Stuart Broad will overcome his knee injury to lead England in the World Twenty20.

Limited-overs coach Giles expects the injection Broad had to treat his patella tendinitis will ensure he recovers in time for England's campaign in Bangladesh.

The 27-year-old limped out of the ongoing Twenty20 series against West Indies after the first match of three, handing the captaincy duties to Eoin Morgan.

Morgan is a lesser injury concern. His and opening batsman Michael Lumb's knee problems are not - like Broad's - of the chronic variety.

Giles reported that Lumb and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, who hurt his hand as England conceded the series with a second successive defeat at Barbados' Kensington Oval on Tuesday, should both be fit for the final match of three at the same venue today.

It was announced last weekend that Broad, who remains on tour, will not play again until England's warm-up campaign in Bangladesh at the earliest.

Giles gave an update by saying: "Broady is a bit more of a worry. He's got stuff going on in his knee, and we've got to manage him.

"Until we get to Bangladesh, and the first couple of games there, we won't really know. But we're confident."

As for a longer-term prognosis, Broad himself has already mentioned the prospect of surgery on the injury.

He has had several previous injections in the joint, but Giles believes the latest one should be a short-term fix at least.

"You hope so. They tend to do the job," he added. "In the long term, you have to look at different options. But I think he'll be fine for Bangladesh."


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