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Cook may consider spin option

England also expect Stuart Broad to be fully fit for start of the second Test against Bangladesh today.

England expect Stuart Broad to be fully fit for start of the second Test against Bangladesh today. Broad, an injury concern ahead of the first Test with a back spasm, missed Thursday's training session but has recovered well and was present for yesterday's net practice. The 23-year-old bowlers's fitness will be key to an England side who already have a trio of frontline seamers - James Anderson, Graham Onions and Ryan Sidebottom - recuperating back home.

He is pencilled in to play in a four-man attack alongside the medium pacer Tim Bresnan and off-spinner Graeme Swann, with the second spinner James Tredwell hoping he can dislodge Steve Finn from the playing XI. Alastair Cook, the England captain, said: "Broady is taking a full part in training today so he is expected to be fully fit. "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." Swann's haul of 10 wickets in the 181-run win in Chittagong may count in Tredwell's favour as he looks to make his Test debut, but Cook admitted the English mindset often favours an extra paceman. "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," he added. * PA Sport

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