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Alastair Cook says India not planning spinners in warm-up matches could backfire

India spin ploy could backfire, says captain Cook ahead of first Test

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 11 November 2012

In a spin: England have faced a seam diet

In a spin: England have faced a seam diet

Alastair Cook has spoken of the confidence among England’s batsmen going into Thursday’s first Test against India – despite the local tactics of limiting their exposure to spin.

Jonathan Trott became the fifth member of the touring party to score a hundred during the three warm-up games as the four-day match against Haryana ended in a draw. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who has won 13 Test caps for India, bowled only 17.1 of his side’s 193.3 overs, claiming he had a cut on his spinning finger.

‘Everyone in the batting unit is feeling confident now,’ said Cook. ‘I don’t know if Mishra was injured or not, but he didn’t bowl many overs. Clearly there has been a message of some kind not to bowl spin. Who knows whether it will backfire on India. Only the next four games will tell us that.’

Stuart Broad bowled in the nets on Sunday for the first time since bruising his left heel eight days ago, but needs two more sessions before he can be declared fit. ‘It feels OK,’ he said afterwards. ‘But maybe it was the adrenaline.’

Up and running: Broad (left) and Finn (right) bowl in the nets on Sunday

Up and running: Broad (left) and Finn (right) bowl in the nets on Sunday

Broad was accompanied by Steven Finn, who sent down some practice overs for the third day in a row as he recovers from a thigh strain.

Cook said: ‘It is encouraging to see Stuart and Finny back bowling, but the next few days are vital for them and we must go into that game with a fully fit attack. They have to be 100 per cent. Clearly, we’ve got to be very careful.’

Tim Bresnan is lying in wait for a Test appearance should one of the pair fail to recover in time. He took two wickets on Sunday as Haryana finished on 133 for six.

Graeme Swann has flown back to India after spending a few days at home with his wife and baby, who has been unwell.

Warning: Cook (left) thinks India's plan could backfire

Warning: Cook (left) thinks India's plan could backfire

The Indian cricket board have reacted with fury to suggestions that their World Cup semi-final win over Pakistan last year might have been fixed.

The claim appears in Bookie, Gambler, Fixer, Spy – the book by Ed Hawkins serialised by Sportsmail.

BCCI president N Srinivasan said: ‘This is the farthest from the truth. And it’s an insult to the Indian team which worked hard to win.’

Ijaz Butt, who was chairman of the Pakistan CB when the game in question took place, has called for his board to take the issue up with the ICC.

EXCLUSIVE: Stuart Broad"s heel injury could scupper England"s hopes in India

EXCLUSIVE: Broad's heel injury could scupper England's chances in India Test series

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 10 November 2012

England expect to discover on Saturday whether fast bowler Stuart Broad will be fit for the opening Test against India this week – or if injury will force him out of the opening two Tests at least.

After Broad's involvement in the second warm-up match of the tour against Mumbai A was cut short last week, England's management denied that they were concerned about his fitness for the series.

And even after a scan showed he had a bruised left heel, they continued to insist the problem was no more serious than a 'fast bowler's niggle' and that he was not a doubt for the first Test, which starts in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

All smiles: Stuart Broad's injured heel could cause England's vicecaptain to miss the first two Tests in India

All smiles: Stuart Broad's injured heel could cause England's vicecaptain to miss the first two Tests in India

But while Steven Finn's thigh strain, suffered on day one of the tour against India A, has healed well enough for the Middlesex giant to be in genuine contention, concerns are growing over Broad, who was appointed England's vicecaptain at the start of the tour to new leader Alastair Cook.

Stuart Meaker, called up for the first Test as cover for Finn, said: 'Looking at how Steven Finn is going, he's getting closer and closer to being ready.'

England's original rehabilitation plan for Broad was that he would sit out the final warm-up match in Haryana, completed on Friday, then test his fitness in the nets on Sunday with a view to playing in the Test three days later.

Sources within the coaching staff suggested on Friday that Finn had a better chance of playing than Broad but on Friday a team spokesman suggested that the latter might not bowl until Tuesday.

That fuelled fears that the first Test is too soon to risk him and put a question-mark over his participation in the second, starting in Mumbai on November 23.

The only cure for a bruised heel is rest, depending on the severity of the injury, for a minimum of two weeks.

In contention: Steven Finn has healed well from a thigh strain

In contention: Steven Finn has healed well from a thigh strain

That could even rule Broad out for the first half of the four-match series, with no practice match scheduled between the second Test in Mumbai and the third in Kolkata to prove his fitness in match conditions.

If Broad is not completely fit, he could play on Thursday only after an injection or relying on painkillers, but England will be aware that the effect of such action might put him at risk for the rest of the tour.

Broad is considered vital to England's chance of victory on the Sub-continent for the first time in nearly 30 years, since David Gower's side won 2-1 in 1984- 85.

Despite criticism for what some perceived as a dip in speed and penetration during the summer, the 26-year-old paceman arrived in India as the leading Test wicket-taker in world cricket for 2012.

Vital: Broad's contribution is considered essential if England are to succeed in India

Vital: Broad's contribution is considered essential if England are to succeed in India

Forty scalps in nine matches, against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies and South Africa, put him one ahead of Vernon Philander, Saeed Ajmal, Kemar Roach and Graeme Swann and 13 ahead of Dale Steyn, considered the most dangerous quickie on the planet.

If India want reminding of his threat, they need only recall his man-of-the-series performance against them during England's 4-0 win on home soil last year.

His 25 wickets at 13.84 included 7-94 and 8-76 at Trent Bridge, featuring the first Test hat-trick on that ground, and fuelled England's drive to the top of the ICC world rankings.

Broad also showed his ability to take wickets in seemingly placid batting conditions by taking 13 against Pakistan in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in January.

Graeme Swann set to return for first Test against India

England handed boost as Swann expected to return to squad for first Test against India

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UPDATED:

17:21 GMT, 7 November 2012

Graeme Swann is expected to play in the first Test against India despite returning to England to be with his ill daughter.

A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board on Wednesday revealed that Swann had already returned home to be with his family.

The 33-year-old spinner is, however, expected to return in time for the start of the four-Test series in Ahmedabad on November 15.

Boost: Graeme Swann (right) is set to return to the England squad for their first Test with India

Boost: Graeme Swann (right) is set to return to the England squad for their first Test with India

'Graeme Swann has returned home to support his family and spend time with his daughter who is currently unwell. Swann will return to India ahead of the first Test in Ahmedabad, commencing November 15,' the statement read.

'This is a personal matter and we would ask for everyone to give Graeme and his family privacy. We will not be making any further comment at this time.'

Swann will therefore miss England’s final four-day preparation match against Haryana, which begins in Ahmedabad tomorrow, to be with his daughter who was born shortly before he flew out to India.

The spinner also missed last week’s three-day game against Mumbai A and while his absence is untimely as England look to complete their preparations ahead of their quest for a first Test series win in India for 28 years, it will throw the onus on Monty Panesar to prove his credentials.

Up for it: Swann has travelled home to be with his ill daughter in England

Up for it: Swann has travelled home to be with his ill daughter in England

Panesar has not played since he and Swann went wicketless in the first innings as England lost the first Test on the tour of Sri Lanka earlier this year.

Swann has, however, previously stated his preference to bowl in tandem with another spinner and the pair enjoyed success together on the sub-continent against Pakistan at the start of the year.

Panesar took 14 wickets in the two Tests he played, with Swann grabbing a further nine, to underline their importance on the slow wickets England are set to face over the next two months.

The duo will now not bowl alongside each other before the first Test, however, after they split the opening two tour games between them.

Swann grabbed figures of three for 90 in the tour opener against India A while Panesar returned three for 64 in Mumbai last week.

Another dimension: Swann's spin will give England more options in the attack

Another dimension: Swann's spin will give England more options in the attack

Stuart Broad fitness boost ahead of England v India

Broad fit to lead England but sits out bowling after scan on heel injury

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UPDATED:

09:18 GMT, 5 November 2012

Stuart Broad's hopes of featuring in the first Test against India were boosted on Monday morning when he lead England against Mumbai A, although he was unable to bowl after a scan on his heel injury.

Broad, official vice-captain to Alastair Cook in Tests, has been leading the team in this second tour match on their tour of India.

The fast bowler had to leave the field briefly on Sunday at the Dr DY Patil Sports Stadium, and it was announced after close of play that he would have a scan after feeling discomfort in his left foot.

On the field: Stuart Broad took part in England's game against Mumbai A

On the field: Stuart Broad took part in England's game against Mumbai A

England v Mumbai A

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The outcome was that he has bruised the joint, but nothing more serious.
He was, however, unable to take the new ball this morning – Graham Onions doing so instead, in partnership with James Anderson.

An England and Wales Cricket Board text update read: 'Scans show Broad has a bruised left heel.

'He is fit to field but won't bowl today. Progress will be monitored over next couple of days.'

Success: England players celebrate taking a wicket on Monday morning

Success: England players celebrate taking a wicket on Monday morning

Broad's injury is another complication England could do without, just 10 days before the first Test against India, after his fellow seamer Steven Finn also limped out of their opening tour match last week with a thigh strain.

Stuart Meaker has been called in as cover for Finn for the final warm-up match in Ahmedabad, against Haryana on Thursday, as long as visa issues can be settled in time for him to fly from England.

Steven Finn out of England"s tour match in India

Blow for England as Finn ruled out of remainder of first tour match after suffering thigh strain

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UPDATED:

06:39 GMT, 31 October 2012

Steven Finn will play no further part in England's first tour match against India A because of a thigh strain.

Finn underwent scans on Tuesday on his sore right leg, having left the field in pain after just four overs on the first morning of England's tour at the Brabourne Stadium.

Finn is a likely key component of the line-up for four Tests against India, starting in Ahmedabad on November 15.

Ruled out: A thigh strain has curtailed Finn's involvement in Mumbai

Ruled out: A thigh strain has curtailed Finn's involvement in Mumbai

England forthcoming matches in India

Tour match in Mumbai (November 3)

Tour match in Ahmedabad (November 8)

First Test – India v England, Ahmedabad (November 15)

Second Test – India v England, Mumbai (November 23)

Third Test – India v England, Kolkata (December 5)

Fourth Test – India v England, Nagpur (December 13)

There follows three Twenty20 and and five ODI matches.

The 6ft 7in fast bowler will therefore need to prove his fitness in England's final warm-up match, a four-day fixture against Haryana which begins at Ahmedabad's Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium on November 8.

An England and Wales Cricket Board text message this morning provided the official update on Finn's condition.

It confirmed a 'right thigh strain' and added: '(He will be) assessed over the next couple of days to determine a rehabilitation programme.'

Meanwhile, Nick Compton endured a false start to his prospective England career, with a third-ball duck against India A at the Brabourne Stadium on day two.

Twenty-nine-year-old Compton, grandson of the great Denis, is being pencilled in by many as likely replacement for the retired Andrew Strauss as new England Test captain Alastair Cook's opening partner on this tour.

But he will first need a substantial innings or two under his belt before the opening Test in Ahmedabad on November 15.

Compton left his first two deliveries from Ashok Dinda, the second notably close to off-stump, and was persuaded to push defensively forward at the third only to edge behind to Wriddiman Saha.

Straight out, Compton: The England hopeful faced just three balls on day two

Straight out, Compton: The England hopeful faced just three balls on day two