England in India 2012-13 November 20, 2012

Finn ruled out of second Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

Steven Finn has been ruled of the second Test against India in Mumbai after aggravating the thigh injury he suffered early in the tour.

Finn was injured during England's first warm-up match of the trip and bowled just four overs. He will now undergo a further scan in Mumbai on Wednesday to determine the extent of the problem.

Andy Flower, the England team director, said: "Steven has been working hard to get back to full fitness. He has unfortunately hurt his leg again, a couple of days ago, and is having another scan tomorrow.

"We don't think he's got any structural damage, but it would be careless to suggest that he might play the second Test."

However, Flower remained hopeful Finn could still play a part in the series and suggested they may use the Performance Squad, which arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday, to help in his recovery.

"They've got a three-day game starting on the 27th," Flower said. "If he's ready for that, which is the last day of the second Test, we'll put him through his paces. If he comes through that well, he'll be available for the third and fourth Tests.

"That extra pace would certainly assist us. But that's not to be, so let's hope he gets fit and ready for that third Test. I've got an open mind about it. Let's see what his scan reveals tomorrow. We hope he goes and plays that three-day game, and comes through well."

Finn had been tipped to be recalled for the second Test to bring a cutting edge to England's pace attack which struggled to make an impression in the opening Test in Ahmedabad. James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan managed just one wicket between them and were considerably out-bowled by India's Zaheer Khan and Umesh Yadav.

There is still a strong chance that England will make changes to their bowling attack with Monty Panesar tipped for a call-up.

"We'll assess conditions tomorrow, when we're down at the ground for training," Flower said. "It would be naive, or silly, to prejudge them without actually having seen the pitch.

"But it might be fairly obvious that it might turn a little - which is good, because I'd like our guys to test themselves against the turning ball again here in Mumbai. Monty Panesar, of course, has a chance to play.

"We might well go with two spinners, but we'll judge that when we actually see the conditions. Of course these are challenging times for selectors, coaches, players. That's why we're here, because we like putting ourselves in those positions. If we didn't like to make those sorts of decisions; if we didn't like being in an arena where you're tested, and you're judged, then we wouldn't be here."

There will be an enforced change in the batting after Ian Bell flew home for the birth of his first son, Joseph William, but he did not make it home in time for the delivery.

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  • Rob on November 21, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Zoot- Obvoiusly after the recent form England players have dropped down the rankings, you stated since they became No.1 in 2011, Anderson was rated No.2 then and Cook was top 3 (maybe top 2) after Ashes. Taking things out of context to re-inforce your case is frankly dumb. Ponting is meant to be a great batsman but is ranked No.21 so must have always been rubbish I suppose. Previously living in very diverse areas in the UK with a lot of Indian and Pakistani cricket followers as friends, it was patent the Pakistani supporters are much more well informed and honest in their appraisal, the majority of indian fans (admittedly in the Uk) bang the drum when winning relentlessly but offer multiple excuses in defeat and are never gracious or congratulatory. Some of the posters on here seem to buck this impression, but the majority seem churlish and re-inforce my experience.

  • Rajesh on November 21, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    @jimhilcinney whatever you say zaheer is better than anderson anyday..anderson can bowl only in suitable conditions..zaheer is effective even in dead pitches..and in odi's zaheer is miles ahead of anderson...remember zaheer world cup performance?

  • Ross on November 21, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    @RandyOZ - I think they gave all the runners they sent out every 90 seconds at Cardiff MBE's for services to English cricket. I suppose they deserved theirs more than the one Collingwood picked up for wandering onto the field in the 5th test in 2005.

    I'd like to think that they picked up these sorts of 'tactics' from Five-Nil Fletcher but sadly any browse through the history of the ashes will turn up some very interesting occurances.

  • Ray on November 21, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    It's a blow. Finn's ability to extract bounce from a pitch is a real asset and there is no like-for-like replacement. He's not economical but Finn does take wickets and, clearly, that's what England need to do (duh!). Meaker is quick, and can move the bat, but I'd rather have a taller bowler in India.

  • Randolph on November 21, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    @Ross_co - spot on mate, the poms will do anything to bend the rules. Much like they did at Cardiff when we had them on the ropes.

  • Dummy4 on November 21, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney on (November 21 2012, 04:18 AM GMT)

    I agree with you. Performance in just one match is totally baseless to compare two bowlers. But, as far as Matt Prior is concerned, he was the second best batsman, second only to Captain Cook, in he English lineup. And infinitely better that his Indian counterpart; both behind the stumps and in front of it. (I find it difficult to understand why Prior is not getting the kind of recognition he deserves even from English cricket lovers!)

  • Viraf on November 21, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Finn's injury is a big blow, we were hoping he'd boost our bowling for the second test. But for Mumbai, we only need to replace Bell with Monty. Five specialist bowlers are a must, if we have to get twenty Indian wickets. As for Trott, KP & co. - pull your socks up!

  • Manesh on November 21, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Finn must be happy with his injury as he may not get thrashed in the next test. Poor English bowlers. England again proved that they are lucky to be no:1 few months back.

  • John on November 21, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990 on (November 20 2012, 20:18 PM GMT), let's not get too excited. This is just one game and Zaheer hardly blew England away. Zaheer Khan looked better than James Anderson in this game, yes, but to say that you know that one player is better than another based on one game is a bit of an exaggeration, unless you know that Matt Prior is a better batsman than Virat Kohli.

  • Ross on November 21, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    I see they're still using the pic of Finn apparently knocking over the stumps with right foot at the point of releasing the ball. Since he does that in the nets I suppose there's little wonder that that's what he's most known for. That and bleeding runs like a severed artery.

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