Steven Finn ruled out of second Test against India

Updated: 21 November 2012 10:25 IST

Steven Finn failed to recover from the thigh strain he picked up during England's first warm-up fixture against India A.

Steven Finn ruled out of second Test against India
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Steven Finn was ruled out of the second Test against India in Mumbai starting November 23 after failing to recover from the thigh strain he picked up during England's first warm-up fixture against India A, according to The Guardian. He was expected to undergo another scan to ascertain how soon he can expect to return to the side.

The development was confirmed by Andy Flower, the England team director., who hoped to have Finn ready for the last two Tests in Kolkata and Nagpur, if the scan on Finn's leg showed no major problem.

"Steven has been working hard to get back to full fitness," said Flower. "He has unfortunately hurt his leg again a couple of days ago and is having another scan on Wednesday. We don't think he's got any structural damage, but it would be careless to suggest that he might play the second Test."

Finn will have an opportunity to prove his fitness with England's performance squad between the final two Tests. "What we might do is send him off to the performance programme that arrived in India earlier this morning (Tuesday)," said Flower. "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."

England will also be without Ian Bell for the second Test after he flew back home for the birth of his first child.

Topics : Cricket England India Steven Finn England in India 2012
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