Mumbai: Three days before the second Test match starts at the Wankhede Stadium here on Friday, England received another jolt when team director Andy Flower declared that Steven Finn will miss the Mumbai game as well.
Finn, who injured this thigh during England’s first warm-up match in Mumbai, missed the first Test match at the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Motera, near Ahmedabad, that India won by nine wickets.
“We don’t think he’s got any structural damage, but it would be careless to suggest that he might play the second Test,” Flower told the touring British media contingent upon their arrival here from Ahmedabad.
Flower, who disclosed the seriousness of Finn’s injury in several interviews that he gave to the touring British reporters, said the 23-year-old bowler would undergo a further scan on Wednesday.
The Indian and English teams reached Mumbai by a chartered flight from Ahmedabad. Both teams will have practice sessions at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.
Flower said that Finn aggravated his injury during a training session in Motera.
Fortunately for England, their Performance Squad, comprising some promising players, landed in the city on Monday to play matches in Mumbai and Pune.
Flower hinted that Finn might play the latter team’s first match, if possible, to assess his fitness.
“[His] 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 (Wednesday),” he said.
“ They [Performance Squad] have got a three-day game [against DY Patil Academy XI] starting on the 27th [at the DY Patil Stadium]. 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,” Flower said.
England could still make one or two changes in the XI that lost the first Test. The one sure change would be Ian Bell, who has left for home to be with his wife, who is expecting a child. Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan are the contenders to replace him.
There is another possibility that left-arm spinner Monty Panesar may be recalled, perhaps in place of pacer Tim Bresnan.