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Finn out of 1st Test with India


By Michael Norwood
November 14 2012

Fast bowler Steven Finn has been ruled out of England's opening test match with India, which starts at 4am GMT in Ahmedabad.....

Finn, has not recovered fully from a thigh injury in the opening warm up match, so is not being risked as England get set for the four match series.

Whilst there is still concern over vice captain Stuart Broad, he is expected to get the nod ahead of the start of play

"Broady's pretty good, he always says he only needs 10 overs before a Test so we'll see, he's recovered well, the heel's feeling well so I'm certain he'll be ready and raring to go," Matt Prior told BBC Sport.

All eyes will be on how England play the spin attack from the home side, given their record in this part of the world, and especially how the past 12 months have gone, with defeat to Pakistan in the UAE and some struggles in Sri Lanka earlier in 2012.

Nick Compton is expected to earn his first cap, opening the innings with captain Alastair Cook, with Samit Patel also expected to be inserted into the number six slot for England.

England (SQUAD): Alastair Cook (capt), Nick Compton, Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Samit Patel, Graeme Swann, Monty Panesar, James Anderson, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Graham Onions, Stuart Meaker.

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