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Steven Finn ruled out of second Test with India because of injury

Steven Finn: Out of second Test with India

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England fast bowler Steven Finn has been ruled out of the second Test with India because of his thigh injury.

Finn missed England's first Test defeat in Ahmedabad because of the injury which he suffered earlier in the tour.

The Middlesex star has played just an hour of cricket on the tour, and had he been fit he may well have come into the selection equation for Mumbai.

James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan took just one wicket between them in Ahmedabad, and Finn's extra height and pace would have offered something different.

Instead England coach Andy Flower confirmed that he will have another scan on the thigh on Wednesday.

"Steven has been working hard to get back to full fitness," said Flower.

Careless

"He has unfortunately hurt his leg again, a couple of days ago, and is having another scan. 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.

Finn out of second test

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

England will definitely have to make at least one change for Friday's match as Ian Bell has flown home to be with his wife and new-born baby son Joseph.

Jonny Bairstow is favourite to replace him, and Monty Panesar is tipped to come in as a second frontline spinner, with Bresnan the most vulnerable to being dropped.

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