Northampton: Graeme Swann has declared himself fit for the third Test against India at Edgbaston following the blow he took to his left hand in Nottingham. Swann was struck by the ball that dismissed him in the first innings from Praveen Kumar and it hampered him for the rest of the game.
Swann went on to have one of his least effective Tests, finishing with match figures of none for 97 in 15 overs, as England romped to a 319-run victory. Following the game he had further examination of the injury but all the results have come back clear although he is still in some pain.
"I've had another X-ray on the hand just to check and it's not serious," he told Sky Sports News. "There's a little bother in there but nothing to affect my preparations. It might affect my batting in the nets beforehand but that will just stop me facing a few bouncers from our boys."
Swann has only played a bit-part in the series to date although performed an important role at Lord's where he tied up one end to allow the quick bowlers to attack. However, with the final two matches at Edgbaston and The Oval, venues that can offer help for the spinners, he could yet play a vital part as England aim to secure the series and the No. 1 spot.
England's other injury concern revolves around Jonathan Trott who damaged his left shoulder while diving at mid-off on the second day. It is understood that Trott has shown a promising recovery over the last couple of days and could yet be passed fit for his home-ground Test. He will face further assessment before the squad is named on Saturday morning.
The hosts face a selection dilemma if all their injured players are fit because Tim Bresnan, who took a career-best 5 for 48 to secure victory at Trent Bridge to follow his 90, only played because Chris Tremlett picked up a hamstring strain and suffered a back spasm. Tremlett has been netting with Surrey and his recovery means Bresnan could yet be dropped despite his fine all-round show.