• England v New Zealand, 3rd NatWest ODI, Trent Bridge

Broad and Finn on the mend

ESPNcricinfo staff
June 4, 2013
Stuart Broad has been suffering from a knee injury © PA Photos

England have been handed a much-needed boost after Stuart Broad and Steven Finn both took a full part in training at Trent Bridge on Tuesday ahead of the final one-day international against New Zealand.

Broad picked up a knee injury in the second Test against New Zealand and Finn had been suffering from shin soreness. The pair had been ruled out of the first two matches of the series and doubts were growing about their chances of making the Champions Trophy, but those worries now appear to be reducing although it remains uncertain whether both will be risked on Wednesday.

In their absence England's reserve bowlers have struggled, especially Jade Dernbach and Chris Woakes, to reinforce how vital Broad and Finn are to England's Champions Trophy hopes.

After the heavy defeat at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday, Cook had sounded worried about his strike bowlers. "They are both a concern but five or six days is still quite a long way away. They've missed two games and been out for a while, so we'll see."

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