Blow For England As Finn Ruled Out Of Second Test

Blow For England As Finn Ruled Out Of Second Test
Blow For England As Finn Ruled Out Of Second Test
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England's options ahead of the second Test against India which begins in Mumbai on Friday (23rd November) have been further limited by Steven Finn's latest thigh injury.

He suffered an injury in the opening match of the tour against India 'A' and has now picked up another injury, which leaves England short of alternatives on the quick bowling front.

James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan managed just one wicket between them during the opening Test in Ahmedabad, which India won convincingly by nine wickets.

bet365 have installed as Evens favourites for the second Test with England 9/2 and the draw at 17/10.

"Steven has been working hard to get back to full fitness," head coach Andy Flower said. "He has unfortunately hurt his leg again, a couple of days ago, and is having another scan tomorrow.

"We don’t think he's got any structural damage, but it would be careless to suggest that he might play the second Test.

"What we might do is send him off to the performance programme that arrived in India earlier this morning.

"They’ve got a three-day game starting on the 27th. If he’s ready for that, which is the last day of the second Test, we’ll put him through his paces in that.

"If he comes through that well, he’ll be available for the third and fourth Tests."

Meanwhile, England will have to make one change to their middle-order after Ian Bell departed the tour to be with his newborn son, Joseph William, who was delivered just hours before he arrived back in England.

One of Jonny Bairstow or Eoin Morgan are likely to take Bell's place although both could feature if England decide to alter the balance of their side, for example leaving out Samit Patel and Bresnan to bring in Monty Panesar and both middle-order batsmen.

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