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Broad confident on T20 opener

Stuart Broad is confident of being fit for England's opening game of the World Twenty20 against New Zealand.

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 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."