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Broad sits out Rose Bowl clash

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Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad has not featured for England since the first one-day match of the NatWest Series at the Brit Oval

England all-rounder Stuart Broad has been given a few days' rest and will not feature in the third NatWest series match against Australia at the Rose Bowl tomorrow.

Broad, 23, sustained a neck strain in the opening match of the series last Friday, which caused him to miss the second game at Lord’s on Sunday.

Although England are 2-0 down and Broad is a major player in their one-day plans, it was decided to allow him further recuperation time given the heavy scheduling over the next month.

Broad will rejoin the party on Thursday evening in anticipation of featuring in the fourth match of seven at Lord’s on Saturday.

In the meantime, England will effectively pick from a 13-man squad, with Kent opening batsman Joe Denly unavailable for Wednesday’s day-nighter due to his knee injury.

The Kent batsman will continue to be assessed in the run-up to Saturday's fourth ODI at Lord's, having had a few throwdowns in the nets at the Nursery End on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, fast bowler Graham Onions joined up with the party at the Rose Bowl this morning, a replacement for the injured Andrew Flintoff.

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