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Butcher doubtful for third Test

Mark Butcher's hopes of making the third Test against West Indies suffered a big blow after he was ruled out of Surrey's Twenty20 Cup semi-final today against Lancashire at Edgbaston

Wisden Cricinfo staff
07-Aug-2004


Mark Butcher: forced to miss Surrey's Twenty20 Cup semi-final © Getty Images
Mark Butcher's hopes of making the third Test against West Indies suffered a big blow after he was ruled out of Surrey's Twenty20 Cup semi-final today against Lancashire at Edgbaston.
Butcher was originally named in Surrey's squad for the finals day, but had to withdraw because of an ongoing thigh injury. England name their squad for the third Test, which starts next Thursday, (August 12), tomorrow, and it is doubtful whether Butcher will be included.
"I've given up trying to project when I'm going to be back." Butcher told the BBC. "I tore a thigh muscle and then tore it a second time. I'm having to err a little bit on the side of caution because they can just keep recurring. It's not irritating that's just the nature of sport."