India A v England XI, tour match, Mumbai, 1st day October 31, 2012

Injured Finn out of tour game

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Steven Finn, the England fast bowler, has been ruled out of the remainder of the tour match against India A in Mumbai due to a thigh injury.* Finn left the field with an injury inside the first hour of play on day one at the Brabourne Stadium. Finn was reported to have suffered discomfort to his right thigh and underwent a scan in the evening.

"Steven Finn has been ruled out of the remainder of the three-day game with a right thigh strain," team spokeswoman Rhian Evans said. "He will be assessed over the next couple of days to determine a rehabilitation programme."

Finn took the new ball and bowled three overs in his first spell after India A chose to bat. He walked off after bowling one over in his second and did not return, with Jonathan Trott filling in for a few overs with his medium pace.

Tim Bresnan, who replaced Finn after his opening burst, had a hand in the first two wickets to fall and ended the day with 3 for 59. James Anderson claimed a single wicket from 17 overs, as England chose to rest vice-captain Stuart Broad. Graham Onions is the other fast-bowling option in the squad.

"Obviously we're disappointed one of our fast bowlers had to go off," Bresnan said of Finn after the first day. "But it's one of those things where you just have to step up a bit, and each of you has to take on his responsibility."

"We're not sure what's happening. The doc will check him out back at the hotel. All we know is it's hurting, and scans will reveal more."

England went with allrounder Samit Patel as their second spinner, ahead of Monty Panesar, and there was also no place for Jonny Bairstow or Eoin Morgan. Kevin Pietersen made his expected return and Nick Compton was preferred as opener to Joe Root.

Graeme Swann claimed three wickets for England as India A closed the day on 369 for 9. Manoj Tiwary fell seven short of a century, with Abhinav Mukund and Yuvraj Singh also contributing fifties as India A recovered from a precarious 190 for 6.

* - 0600 GMT, October 31 - Updated after official confirmation of his withdrawal

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  • John on November 1, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    @sportofpain - Thankyou. Yes, understand about a 5th bowler being underused but feel that our 6th batsman has been a weakness.Apart from Jonny 3rd SA test I can't recall an inns in recent times where our 6th batsman has helped alter the course of a match.And if a bowler is underused then logic would say the other 4 are doing the business so that's a good sign.If you only have 4 genuine bowling options then you're in trouble and in bigger trouble if one gets injured.An example of where my theory might have worked was the 1st test vs SA.We couln't break through with the 4 bowlers we had and when you look what Bopara did in that match as a 6th bat or any 6th bat in recent times a 5th bowling option just might have made a crucial breakthrough.Obviously it might have panned out the same but another main point is that because of how little the no 6 has contributed the batting would only be weakened on paper. Woakes would have been an ideal selection as his batting has been very decent too

  • Manesh on November 1, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Finn will go all around the park just like the last ODI series. Much hyped bowler.

  • Satish on November 1, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    @phoenixsteve Chin music in India? it will be more like waist music that Yuvraj will hit Broad out of the ground again six times in a row. You guys better learn to tip toe and dance to the spin :)

  • Ivan on November 1, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    @JG2704: i agree with you. That was an awesome bowling combination. Ultimately it is bowlers who win matches - the question that remains to be answered is if a team plays 5 bowlers will one of those bowlers be underutilized. Regardless while selecting a bowling unit the priority has to be on wicket takers - for me the choice b/w Samit Patel and Monty is pretty straightforward - pick the bloke who is the better bowler. In fact regardless of number - 4 or 5- you should pick the best bowlers - if they happen to be 4 pacers so be it (remember a certain gent called Clive Lloyd) and if they happen to be 4 spinners so be it (remember a certain gent called MAK Pataudi). 2 fast + 2 spin or 3+1 is pure dogma.

  • Lindsay on October 31, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    @Trickstar That's why I really like the England bowlers as a unit: when one of them is down on form and not bowling well, another steps up to take his place as leader of the attack. Broad has done it, Anderson has done it on many occasions (being the natural leader anyway), and Finn has proved he can do it. And with bowlers such as Onions and Tremlett in the wings who provide their own style and challenges for batsmen, England really are spoilt for choice with quality seam and swing bowlers all capable of being leaders. The only time I have seen their pace attack completely nonplussed and impotent was the test match in which Amla struck his marathon 311, but against batting like that it must be pretty disheartening as a bowler.

  • John on October 31, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    @Harmony111 on (October 31 2012, 09:17 AM GMT) To be fair not one England fan used Bres being injured as an excuse for UAE or SL and very few England fans used KP as an excuse for a poor WC. Finn is a blow esp for the man himself. Also what has Finn done in tests in SC conditions which puts him above the pack? For the record Finn probably wouldn't have been in my starting 11? Please publish this time - nothing whatsoever of offence OR at all untrue.

  • paul on October 31, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    @Harmony111 I agree Finn is a exciting talent and we need him fit and firing but I'm not sure how you can say he's the only England bowler that can bowl in all condition, didn't you see Anderson bowl in Aus or the UAE and especially in Sri Lanka, where he was amazing. Finn while good hasn't been anywhere near as good as Jimmy has been abroad. Broad was unplayable in the UAE and proved how well he can bowl in those conditions As for the bowling options, I don't think England will risk going in with Monty as the fifth bowler, we need batting strength and Patel brings that. In the UAE & SL we didn't have any trouble knocking teams over, it was the batting that was a shambles.

  • Marzuk Rahman on October 31, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    @ landl47 on (October 31 2012, 11:51 AM GMT) Dont you think playing 3 spinners will be a disadvantage for England?? I mean playing spin for Indian batsmen is like bread & butter...Add to that playing 3 spinners means palying 2 pacers which is not the way England should go on this tour.They have to play 3 pacers in Finn,Bresnan & Broad/Anderson.Pitches are going to be flat & spinner friendly we all know that & we also know that India play spin very well that is why England have to attack with their pacers..With sheer pace & line length. I will pick Patel as my 2nd spinner as he can bat XI would be: Cook,Compton,Trott,KP,Bell,Prior,Patel,Bresnan,Swann,Anderson,Finn.(i would fancy having Morgan in the XI but for that Bell has to open which is very unlikely)

  • Steve on October 31, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Come on giys give Finny and the professionals a break? He's human and subject to injuries that can't be foreseen. Now if if he were a machine it'd be different. I always think of genuine quicks like Finn, Morkel, Patterson as being right on the edge and having to put in maximum effort? The likes of Bresnan and Anderson can throttle back a bit. A good analogy is comparing the skills required in F1 Motorcycles to F1 cars. If you've ever watched or know anything about the bikes you'll appreciate that these guys are always right on the edge! I'm hoping England bat 'til tea and give the Indians a target of 150 in a session and let's see how they like some chin music and pressure! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • John on October 31, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    @landl47 on (October 31 2012, 11:51 AM GMT) Yes - it may be a gamble in many people's eyes but to me it's not. Our number 6 batsman slot has been a walking disaster and apart from Jonny vs SA (and Jonny looked terrible vs spin albeit in a different format) so why not go all out to try and reduce the side batting 1sts score rather than outscore the team. I still say our best side in recent decades was the 2005 Ashes side and that was a 5/1/5 and from 6 down was Flintoff,G Jones,Giles,Hoggard,S Jones,Harmisson. Would Prior,Bres,Swann,Jimmy,Onions,Monty be that much worse?Even Monty has helped save matches with the bat as has Onions. The safety first approach (6 batsmen) has by and large let us down this year and we've not tried this formation for some time. Also re putting Monty in instead of a quick , what if the pacer gets injured (like Finn) and we just have one pace man for the test? Broad and Bres in particular are very injury prone

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