England will be hoping that Steve Finn recovers in time to play in the first Test against India after he was ruled out of the warm-up match with India A (England 4/1, India 6/5, draw 6/4 – Match Prices with bet365).
The giant paceman bowled just four overs on day one before pulling up with a leg injury and scans revealed that he suffered thigh strain.
The England management have made it clear that he will play no further part in the current match and will undergo intense physiotherapy in an attempt to regain fitness for the first of four five-day encounters with MS Dhoni’s men.
The tourists have two more warm-up games ahead of the first Test, which begins on November 15, and coach Andy Flower will be keen for Finn to play some competitive cricket before the Ahmedabad clash.
Finn is by no means assured of his place in the starting XI as there would seem to be just one spot up for grabs with James Anderson and Stuart Broad inked in as the primer two fast bowlers.
Tim Bresnan remains an option as the third seamer and his prowess with the bat might mean that the Yorkshireman gets the nod ahead of Finn.
But the Middlesex man has already shown a liking for bowling in Asian conditions and was superb against Pakistan in the one-day games last winter in the UAE (Finn – 4/1 Top Eng Series Bowler with bet365).
He is the quickest of England’s fast bowlers and can trouble the best batsmen around with an ability to find bounce on docile pitches.
England have yet to decide whether or not to go in with two spinners but Samit Patel did his chances of acting as back-up to Graeme Swann no harm at all with an excellent unbeaten 82 on day two of the current Mumbai clash against the Indian second string, while skipper Alastair Cook held things together with an unbeaten century.