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England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad comes through bowling session

Bowler has been out for six weeks

Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad today bowled outdoors for the first time since having to leave England's Test tour of India with a bruised heel six weeks ago.

Broad was unable to test his recovery outdoors until today, having been prevented by the snowy conditions at Heathrow from travelling back to India during England's one-day international series.

The 26-year-old seamer was watched by limited-overs coach Ashley Giles and bowling coach David Saker as he got through five overs off his full run during the lunch interval at a domestic Plunket Shield match between Auckland and Central Districts on the second square at Eden Park.

An England and Wales Cricket Board spokesman later confirmed Broad appears to have come through his exertions, wearing new specially-fitted boots, with no ill-effects.

Broad's first opportunity for match practice on the tour of New Zealand will come in next Monday's first Twenty20 warm-up fixture in Whangarei.

Before then, he is expected to take part in the tourists' first full practice session on Saturday.