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Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad should be available for the second Test, but captain Alastair Cook is unsure who will make up the rest of the attack

England expect Stuart Broad to be fully fit for the second Test against Bangladesh, starting in Mirpur tomorrow, after a bout of illness.

Broad, who was an injury concern ahead of the first Test in Chittagong with a back spasm, missed yesterday's training session but has recovered well and was present for today's net practice.

The 23-year-old all-rounder’s fitness is crucial to an England side already missing a trio of frontline seamers, with James Anderson, Graham Onions and Ryan Sidebottom recuperating back at home.

Broad is pencilled in to play in a four-man attack in Mirpur alongside Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann, with the second spinner James Tredwell hoping he can dislodge Steve Finn from the XI.

England captain Alastair Cook said: "Broady is taking a full part in training today so he is expected to be fully fit tomorrow.

"He had a little illness but we think he'll be fine. The medical team have seen him this morning and he's up and about now which he wasn't yesterday.

"Hopefully the bug is gone and he'll be fine tomorrow."

Swann's haul of 10 wickets in the 181-run win in Chittagong may count in Tredwell's favour as he looks to make his Test debut, but Cook admits the English mindset often favours an extra paceman.

"We'll consider all the options and a second spinner is definitely one of those," Cook said.

"We'll sit down and pick the best team to win the match. We did that in Chittagong and in hindsight we got it right.

"If we think that is the best way of going - two seamers, two spinners - then we will do that. It is very un-English, though.

"We are used to playing in English conditions where seamers do the majority of the work and you'd be very unlikely ever to go out in England with less than three seamers."


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