Cricket: Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad sit out training


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England duo Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad both sat out training on Tuesday as a precaution as they try to recover from back injuries.

England captain Crook and bowler Broad stiffened up after the long flight to Perth last week and are being monitored by the England Cricket Board’s medical staff.

The pair are unlikely to play in England’s first warm-up game of the tour against a Western Australia President’s XI which starts at the WACA on Thursday.

England are looking to repeat their success from 2010-11 when they travelled Down Under and beat the Aussies 3-1 to win for the first time on Australian soil in 24 years.

Cook is currently working alongside the England selectors as he tries to select a bowling attack to cause havoc alongside seamer James Anderson and Broad in Brisbane, with the first Test getting underway on November 21.

The tourists have a number of bowling options available, with Boyd Rankin, Steven Finn and Chris Tremlett all working hard to earn their chance to attack the likes of Michael Clarke and David Warner, while all-rounder Tim Bresnan is racing to be fit after back surgery.

Cook admits he wants the players to take their chances in the warm-up games but he knows it takes time to adjust to the new conditions.

He said: “It was very similar to what we did last time in 2010 – three warm-up games should give you enough time for some time in the middle and some miles in the legs for the bowlers.

“We’ve got a long build-up, I think you need that for such an important tour.”

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