July 19, 2002

Tudor to miss first Test against India

Alex Tudor has been ruled out of next week's first Test between England and India at Lord's. Tudor, who was Man of the Match in the last Test against Sri Lanka a month ago, was reassessed today and it was revealed that he will be out for at least two more weeks with tendonitis.

The squad for Lord's will be announced tomorrow morning, after postponement from yesterday because of numerous injury concerns. Marcus Trescothick (fractured thumb) and Andrew Caddick (side strain) have already been ruled out.

Doubts remain as to whether Darren Gough can stand up to the rigours of a five-day Test, given that he has yet to play anything more than one-day cricket this summer. He is in the Yorkshire side for the Roses match which started at Headingley this morning, his first Championship appearance for Yorkshire this season.

Surrey's Mark Butcher is also involved in Championship action, for the first time since he underwent surgery on his knee a month ago.