Friday 19 March 2010 

Broad Fit To Play, England Consider Two Spinners

Broad Fit To Play, England Consider Two Spinners
Broad Fit To Play, England Consider Two Spinners
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England fast bowler Stuart Broad has been passed fit to play in his side's second Test against Bangladesh, which begins on 20th March in Mirpur, Dhaka.

Broad has struggled with back problems throughout the tour and has also suffered with illness, but captain Alastair Cook told the England & Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) website (www.ecb.co.uk) that Broad would be ready to play.

"Broady is taking a full part in training today so he is expected to be fully fit tomorrow," he said.

"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," he added.

With the absence of James Anderson, Ryan Sidebottom and Graham Onions due to injuries, Broad is England's most experienced quick bowler on the tour but England could give off-spinner James Tredwell his debut.

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

"We'll sit down a 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."

England won the opening match in Chittagong by 181 runs, Graeme Swann picking up a ten-wicket match haul.

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