England duo Stuart Broad and Steven Finn fit to take part in training
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Steven Finn and Stuart Broad: Took part in England's training session
England captain Alastair Cook was given a welcome boost ahead of Wednesday's ODI series finale against New Zealand after Stuart Broad and Steven Finn took part in their practice session at Trent Bridge.
The pace bowlers have been forced to sit out England's back-to-back NatWest Series defeats against the Black Caps.
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Broad has been struggling with a bruised knee and Finn has a sore shin, injuries which looked set to rule them out of Wednesday's match and leaving their participation in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy tournament in doubt.
But they were able to take part in England's early fielding drills, while both players were also able to bowl off a full run in the nets.
"Obviously they've been two massive performers for us in one-day cricket for a while now. To have them back fit, certainly at training, has been a big boost for everyone," Ian Bell said after England's practice session.
"It's good again to have a full squad and people competing places. That's what you need going into a big tournament."
New Zealand have already secured an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series after victories at Lord's and the Ageas Bowl.
But Cook's side will be looking for a confidence-boosting victory ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy and back-to-back Ashes series.
If the hosts opt to take no chances with the fitness of Broad and Finn, Boyd Rankin - who previously represented Ireland at one-day cricket - could get the chance to make his England debut.
Bell knows all about the talents of his Warwickshire colleague, saying: "It's great for him to get into this squad. Facing him in the nets is absolutely horrible."