• England in India 2012

Broad to miss final Test as England sweat on Finn

ESPN staff
December 12, 2012
Stuart Broad has suffered a recurrence of a heel injury © AFP

England fast bowler Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the fourth Test against India with a heel injury, while Steven Finn is a doubt after missing training on Wednesday.

Broad, who was left out of the third Test in Kolkata, will play no part in Nagpur after he suffered a recurrence of the bruised left heel he suffered earlier in the tour.

However, he will not return home in the hope he will be fit in time to captain England in the two Twenty20 internationals before Christmas.

"Stuart is out of this Test match," England captain Alastair Cook confirmed. "His scan has showed a bruised heel, and we'll assess him over the next day or so to see what happens with the Twenty20. We'll know a bit more when it settles down.

It's the nature of sport, isn't it? Some people have good tours and some people don't. Unfortunately, more down to niggles and illnesses, Broady hasn't quite managed to get into the tour. It's frustrating for him and disappointing for us as a side. But we all know the class of Broady, and he'll be back."

Meanwhile, England will be sweating on the fitness of Finn after he suffered disc strain in his lower back. Finn, who missed the first two Tests with a thigh strain, reported some soreness on the final day of the Kolkata Test. A scan has shown a minor disc injury in his lower back and he was unable to take any part in training on Wednesday.

While the England team management are not ruling Finn out of the Test, his inclusion would appear to involve them taking an uncharacteristic risk. They are expected to pick just two seamers for the game, so will be loath to go into it with any injury doubts over one of them.

Tim Bresnan is the likely replacement for Finn. Bresnan was dropped after a disappointing performance in the first Test in Ahmedabad. The England Performance Programme (EPP) squad is currently in Pune, but there are no plans to call-up a substitute for Broad or Finn.

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