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Shah undaunted by injury

England batsman has predicted a speedy recovery

Shah: Showing his class

Shah: Showing his class

Owais Shah has shrugged off concerns about his eye injury as he vies for a starting role in the England Test team.

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"The doctor put some medicine in there, covered it up and she reckons it should heal up overnight."

Owais Shah

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The Middlesex batsman staked his claim with an unbeaten 125 on the first day of England's Caribbean tour opener against a St Kitts & Nevis XI.

But he awoke on the second day with blurred vision in his left eye and medics have since revealed it was a result of a scratched cornea.

Despite the problem Shah has every confidence he will make a speedy recovery and be able to push for a place in the first Test against West Indies.


"I don't know how I did it," Shah said. "The doctor didn't know either, she said it could have been anything, maybe a tiny bit of sand went in, and I just rubbed my eye.

"The doctor put some medicine in there, covered it up and she reckons it should heal up overnight. Hopefully it will be okay tomorrow.

"I walked out of the hotel room and my vision was a little bit blurred.

"When I spoke to the physio, I was concerned about my eyesight going but he said 'you can't lose your eyesight overnight'.

"There is obviously competition for places and I would love to get the chance to play the game before the Test match.

"I just live in the hope that I will get the chance one day."

All-rounder Andrew Flintoff has had a scan on a side strain meanwhile, with the results to be assessed by Nick Peirce, the England and Wales Cricket Board's chief medical officer on Tuesday.

"If he has a serious problem then of course it will affect us," Shah added.

"He is the guy that can bat and bowl and the one that balances the side very well for us. So fingers crossed."

Both players have limited time to prove their fitness though, with the first Test getting under way in Jamaica on February 4.