England remain upbeat over Broad

Andover Advertiser: James Tredwell, pictured, expects England captain Stuart Broad to be back soon James Tredwell, pictured, expects England captain Stuart Broad to be back soon

England are confident captain Stuart Broad will be ready for the start of their World Twenty20 campaign after he played a curtailed role in Wednesday's warm-up defeat 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 T20 fixtures before making a cameo appearance in the 20-run loss in Dhaka.

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 the Windies on Tuesday and adding Broad to the mix.

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

Broad fielded only 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 close to full pace.

With England's other seamers struggling for consistency - Tim Bresnan, Jade Dernbach and Chris Jordan all went at least nine an over as India made 178 for four - Broad will be needed for the opening game against New Zealand in Chittagong.

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."

Even with Broad back in position, England can hardly enter their tournament opener against New Zealand in buoyant mood.

Having lost their short-form series 2-1 in the Caribbean earlier this month, they have now been beaten in both warm-up fixtures in Bangladesh.

Chris Gayle led the way as West Indies outgunned them in Fatullah, while Virat Kohli (74 not out) and Suresh Raina (54) saw India to victory in Mirpur.

But 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.

"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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