Cricket - England left short of good news

England must digest an unpalatable NatWest Series scoreline, and also consider the possibility of the starting their Champions Trophy campaign without Stuart Broad and Steven Finn.

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Stuart Broad, left, and Steven Finn, right, are injury concerns ahead of the Champions Trophy

Their two injured frontline seamers appeared to be badly-missed against New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl, as Martin Guptill smashed 189 not out to lead the tourists to an 86-run win and unassailable 2-0 series lead. Broad and Finn, with their respective knee and shin injuries, are not yet officially ruled out of Wednesday's dead rubber at Trent Bridge - in which England can now only hope to avoid a 3-0 whitewash.

But captain Alastair Cook appears resigned to their absence from England's next assignment at least, and a return in time for Saturday's Champions Trophy opener against Australia at Edgbaston is far from assured. "We'll know more (on Monday)," he said.

"They're going to have some fitness tests, so we'll know more in the next 24 hours."

Asked whose injury is the most worrying, Cook added: "I think it's pretty even.

"They are both concerns. But five days, six days, is still quite a long way away - and we hope they can pull through.

"They've missed two games and been out for a while."

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