January 31, 2011 | In: Articles

Broad eyes Canada return

England all-rounder Stuart Broad has revealed he is recovering well ahead of the ICC World Cup.

Broad has been sidelined with a stomach injury suffered during the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

The injury forced Broad to return home before Christmas, but the 24-year-old has stepped up his rehabilitation since rejoining the England squad in Australia.

And although Broad will not be risked for the final two ODIs against Australia, he is targeting England’s first warm-up game against Canada in Dhaka on February 16.

“My recovery is going very well, I’m probably a little bit ahead of schedule,” he said.

“I’ve probably bowled about 50-60% yesterday and I’ve pulled up fine this morning.

“Hopefully by the end of this Australian tour I will have come off near to a full run-up. My aim is to try and play the first warm-up game of the World Cup which is still two-and-a-half to three weeks away.

“I’m hopeful for that.”

England’s one-day series against Australia has been beset by injuries, with Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan flying home early and Ajmal Shahzad and Chris Tremlett also suffering injuries.

However Broad is confident England will be at full-strength for the World Cup opener against Holland on February 22 in Nagpur.

“The injuries are pretty minor so I don’t think that is going to affect any balance to the World Cup squad or anything like that, but obviously it is a little bit frustrating in this series to have lost as many players as we have,” he said.

“It’s been hard to find the right balance that we will go into the World Cup with. You can’t do anything about injuries in sport that’s just the way it happens.

“We’ve had a lot of cricket on this tour, I think we’ve done well with the amount of injuries we’ve had.”

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