Cook and Broad skip training

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“I’m sure he’ll be right in the next week or so”

England captain Alastair Cook and pace bowler Stuart Broad skipped a training session today as both of them are trying to recover from slight niggles in their backs.

Both Cook and Broad are being monitored by the team’s medical staff as a precaution.

Speaking to the Australian Associated Press about Cook’s back niggle, England batsman Ian Bell said: “I’m sure he’ll be fine. He’s had the odd little niggle with the back. I suppose we all have certain areas we have to keep working on. Obviously a long flight isn’t always easy. I’m sure he’ll be right in the next week or so.”

Bell also expects Broad to overcome all the “stick” he will endure from the Australian fans after refusing to walk when he clearly edged the ball during the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge this summer.

“I think we’re all going to get a little bit of stick over here,” Bell told Sky Sports. “I don’t think, as an Englishman you’re going to get too much sympathy.

“I don’t think he’s too worried about any of that. We have to move forward. We all fully expect a real competitive series, and a great atmosphere at the grounds between both teams. Both sets of supporters will be excited. That’s what you play cricket for.

“As an Englishman, it’s the best tour you can come on. It’s the most intense cricket, the toughest cricket you can play, so that’s what we’re really excited about.”

However, Bell added that he hopes Broad’s decision not to walk doesn’t become a major issue throughout the upcoming series.

“I certainly hope it (Broad’s non-walk) is not a focus,” he said. “I hope the cricket is the massive focus in a really good series.

“But everyone is entitled to their opinion. Everyone has the right to do what they want to do.

“If they want to wait for the umpire to make the decision, you’re in your rights to do that. I certainly hope this series is all about the cricket – not about the other situations that happen.

“I think we’ve all probably at certain times been guilty of nicking one and not walking. With the game as it goes, you get rough decisions sometimes and you get away with some. That’s the beauty of the game at times – it’s swings and roundabouts.”

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