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Injured Finn out of tour game

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Steven Finn left the field to have a scan on a thigh injury early on the first day of England's tour match against India A © Getty Images
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Steven Finn, the England fast bowler, has been ruled out of the remainder of the tour match against India A in Mumbai due to a thigh injury.

Finn left the field with an injury inside the first hour of play on day one at the Brabourne Stadium. Finn was reported to have suffered discomfort to his right thigh and underwent a scan in the evening.

"Steven Finn has been ruled out of the remainder of the three-day game with a right thigh strain," team spokeswoman Rhian Evans said. "He will be assessed over the next couple of days to determine a rehabilitation programme."

Finn took the new ball and bowled three overs in his first spell after India A chose to bat. He walked off after bowling one over in his second and did not return, with Jonathan Trott filling in for a few overs with his medium pace.

Tim Bresnan, who replaced Finn after his opening burst, had a hand in the first two wickets to fall and ended the day with 3 for 59. James Anderson claimed a single wicket from 17 overs, as England chose to rest vice-captain Stuart Broad. Graham Onions is the other fast-bowling option in the squad.

"Obviously we're disappointed one of our fast bowlers had to go off," Bresnan said of Finn after the first day. "But it's one of those things where you just have to step up a bit, and each of you has to take on his responsibility."

"We're not sure what's happening. The doc will check him out back at the hotel. All we know is it's hurting, and scans will reveal more."

England went with allrounder Samit Patel as their second spinner, ahead of Monty Panesar, and there was also no place for Jonny Bairstow or Eoin Morgan. Kevin Pietersen made his expected return and Nick Compton was preferred as opener to Joe Root.

Graeme Swann claimed three wickets for England as India A closed the day on 369 for 9. Manoj Tiwary fell seven short of a century, with Abhinav Mukund and Yuvraj Singh also contributing fifties as India A recovered from a precarious 190 for 6.

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