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July 30, 2011
England are hopeful that Jonathan Trott will be able to play a part in their second innings at Trent Bridge even though the batsman left the ground in a sling following a nasty injury at mid-off.
Trott dived to stop a drive from Rahul Dravid in the 48th over of the innings and it was immediately clear he was in trouble as he stayed on the ground and team-mates called for the physio. Initially it appeared it may have been a dislocation, but he made his own way off.
Subsequent scans at hospital showed no bone damage and a decision will be taken in the morning whether he bats although it's unlikely to be in the top order.
"It was quite an awkward one," Stuart Broad said. "He dived for the ball and his shoulder got caught in the turf and the momentum of his body went over on it. He was in quite a bit of pain, he's been for a scan and I don't think it's shown any major structural damage it's just very sore.
"Hopefully he'll sleep well and pull up okay, but I can't imagine him batting in the top six he'll probably need a bit of time. Hopefully he can play a part tomorrow or the next day."
In Trott's absence Ian Bell came in at No. 3 on the second evening after Alastair Cook fell cheaply and survived to the close alongside Andrew Strauss. However, England will need all their batting resources as they aim to overhaul India's lead of 67 and set a testing fourth-innings target. Graeme Swann is also carrying an injury on his left hand after being struck on the opening day by Praveen Kumar and didn't field in his normal position at slip.
"We are fighting hard in this Test and it will be a massive day tomorrow," Broad said. "We need to bat big and one guy needs to get a big hundred then we are right in the game because bowling last on that wicket could be an advantage for us."
Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfoFeeds: Andrew McGlashan
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