Stuart Broad out of England's final Test with India in Nagpur and Steven Finn doubtful

Last Updated: 12/12/12 12:58pm

England have injury worries ahead of the final Test with India in Nagpur with Stuart Broad out and Steven Finn emerging as a doubt.

Broad missed the impressive win in Kolkata last week but he will remain with the squad for the next 48 hours before a decision is made on his availability for the two Twenty20 matches just before Christmas.

Should he fail to recover in time, England will need to find a new captain for the short format of the game, with Eoin Morgan tipped as a possible replacement.

Broad had been struggling for form since injuring the heel before the first Test, and he laboured through the first two games before being replaced by fit-again Steven Finn in the third.

Finn recovered from a thigh injury in time to play in Kolkata, where he bowled with impressive pace, but he was ruled out of training on Wednesday by a back strain.

He will be assessed ahead of Thursday's start, with Tim Bresnan the most likely replacement, although there is a chance that quick bowler Stuart Meaker could be summoned from the Performance Squad.

Broad had a scan on Tuesday and Test captain Alistair Cook confirmed he would not be available as a press conference on Wednesday morning.

"Stuart is out of this Test match," he said. "His scan has showed a bruised heel, and we'll assess him over the next day or so to see what happens with the Twenty20. We'll know a bit more when it settles down.

"It's the nature of sport, isn't it? Some people have good tours, and some people don't. Unfortunately, more down to niggles and illnesses, Broady hasn't quite managed to get into the tour.

"It's frustrating for him, and disappointing for us as a side. But we all know the class of Broady, and he'll be back."

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What will be the outcome of the fourth Test?

  • India win
  • Draw
  • England win