Thigh injury rules Steve Finn out of England's second Test in India

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Steve Finn has been ruled out of the second Test match against India with a thigh strain.

The Watford-born bowler picked up the injury on the first day of England's opening tour match against India A and missed the nine-wicket defeat in Ahmedabad.

England coach Andy Flower explained that Finn had aggrivated his tight strain and said: "He has unfortunately hurt his leg again a couple of days ago, and is having another scan [on Wednesday]."

However, Flower was positive about Finn's inclusion for the future tests, adding: "What we might do is send him off to the performance programme. They've got a three-day game starting on the 27 November.

"If he comes through that well, he'll be available for the third and fourth Tests."

It was hoped that Finn would recover in time to play on Friday, after failing to overcome the strain in time for the first Test, to bolster an England attack that looked sparse against the impressive Indian batsmen.

The 23-year-old, who was the youngest Englishman to claim 50 Test wickets, had been seen as an alternative to struggling pace colleague Stuart Broad.

Alastair Cook's men are seeking to reclaim the number one ranking in the world, by becoming the first England team to win a series in India in 28 years.

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