England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad confident of making New Zealand clash
Stuart Broad is confident of being fit for England's opening game of World Twenty20 against New Zealand.
Last Updated: 21/03/14 4:58pm
The pace bowler had missed three games with tendonitis in his right knee but bowled two overs in Thursday's 20-run loss to India in Dhaka and is confident he will be clear to play on Saturday.
"I'm very hopeful," said Broad. "It was strange for me to be having my first bowl for 10 days without having a fitness test.
"With it being a warm-up game it was an opportunity for us and it gave me a lot of confidence to have 12 balls in the middle, because we know how different it is bowling in nets to bowling in a game.
"I'm very confident of playing a part tomorrow and on the rest of the tour. I see the past 10 days as a positive because it's been a long winter for me and that period has freshened me up a bit.
"I can really come firing into this World Cup."
England begin their campaign against New Zealand in Chittagong on Saturday before playing Sri Lanka at the same venue on Thursday.
With just four group games before the competition progresses to the semi-finals, Broad knows there is no margin for error and that England must immediately be at their best this weekend.
"It's well documented that as an England side we don't start tournaments well but it's a non-negotiable here," he said.
"A lot of good teams won't make it to the semi-finals so you have to put yourself out there as a front-runner from the start.
"We have a lot of knowledge of the New Zealand team but it will be about us as an England team adapting to the conditions.
"We've done some really good homework and as players we've put in the best possible position in terms of coaching and organisation."
With the match starting at 7.30pm local time, (13.30 GMT) evening dew is expected to play a major factor in the match.
With spinners finding it harder to grip the ball in such conditions, Stephen Parry is vulnerable to Broad's return - with Chris Jordan, Tim Bresnan and Jade Dernbach offering the other seam options.
England attempted to mitigate the dew factor by using their final practice session to train with balls that had been dunked in water before use.
"It looks quite obvious dew is going to play a part, so we're practising with wet balls," said Broad.
"We're getting the spinners bowling with wet balls and fielding with wet balls. It's not something you do very often - I can't think I've ever done it.
"But it's something we have to take into consideration because if you go in with three spinners and they can't bowl you've stuffed yourself a bit."
England appear unlikely to tinker with their batting order from the warm-up matches, despite back-to-back defeats, meaning a water carrying role once again for Ian Bell.
Watch England play New Zealand on Sky Sports HD 2 from 13.00 on Saturday