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Alastair Cook is confident to join the squad ahead of first Test - Stuart Broad

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Stuart Broad (right) will make his 100th appearance in Tests for England in Chittagong.
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England pace spearhead Stuart Broad expressed confidence that skipper Alastair Cook will return in time for the first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong.

The 31-year-old, who arrived in Bangladesh early, had to return back to his country for the birth of his second child. In the process, he had missed both the warm-up games against the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI with Joe Root leading the side in the absence of Cook.

Earlier, an England and Wales Cricket Board spokesperson stated that the return date of Cook to the Asian country is still uncertain.

However, Broad who will lead the pace attack in the two-match Test series in the absence of James Anderson said the Essex batsman is confident of joining the squad soon.

"As far as we know he’s coming back for the Test," Broad told reporters in Chittagong.

"I spoke to him today a little bit and he seems very confident he’ll be coming back.

"Obviously family comes first, so if anything happens back there I'm sure he'll stay with his wife and take care of things there.

"I'm sure he’ll be keen to be at the toss on Thursday morning."

In the probability of Cook returning back, the team management will have to decide an opening partner for the England captain following the withdrawal of Alex Hales from the tour due to security concerns.

Ben Duckett has been in top form after scoring two fifties in the One-Day International series against Bangladesh and also followed it with a 59 in the first tour game. The other option being the Lanacshire's Haseeb Hameed, who was included in the squad based on consistent performances in first-class cricket.

Broad, who will be making his 100th appearance for England in the longer format lauded both Duckett and Hameed.

"He’s a hugely impressive player. I bowled to him in the nets yesterday," said Broad.

"He scores in slightly different areas. He’s quite awkward to bowl to and he sticks to his game plan.

"He's had such a brilliant breakthrough year both in red-ball and white-ball cricket domestically and he's been brilliant in Bangladesh so far. So his confidence is very high.

"He knows his game plan for such a young guy, and has been hugely impressive in the conditions so far," he added of the 19-year-old Lancashire batsman.

"We are not sure when Cooky comes back, and we are not sure what the side will be for Thursday, so it’s a great opportunity for everyone to impress," he said.

The first Test is scheduled to be played on 20th October in Chittagong while the second game will commence on 28th October in Dhaka.

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