November 14, 2012
England fast bowler Steven Finn has been ruled out of the first Test match against India starting tomorrow after not recovering from a thigh strain in time.
Finn picked up the injury on the first day of competitive action on the tour, and despite high volumes of treatment on the injury he has been deemed unfit to compete for England over five days.
After missing training on Tuesday, it was confirmed by England captain Alastair Cook that the bowler would not be ready in time. England are however more optimistic about Stuart Broad who sustained a heel injury on the early part of the tour.
Broad came through Tuesdays’ net session without any further damage after bowling two spells of six over at 100% intensity.
With Finn missing the first Test, England now have a choice between selecting Tim Bresnan or Monty Panesar in the starting xi. Bresnan would be the more conservative pick but has proved to be an important player for England when selected. Bresnan also strengthens England’s batting line up and if Broad was to have a recurrence of the heel injury, England would have cover in this department.
Panesar would provide England another slow bowling option on what will no doubt be a turning wicket in Ahmedabad. Panesar has proven on the recent tour to Dubai that he is effective in partnership with Graeme Swann.
The commentary of the first Test will take place in London by the Sky Sports commentary team after a dispute between Sky and the Indian Cricket Board about fees for use of facilities in the ground.
The Scoop 14/11/12