England worry over fitness of pacers Broad and Finn

Stuart Broad joined fast bowler Steven Finn on England's injured list ahead of the Test series in India as the three-day tour match against Mumbai 'A' ended in a draw on Monday.

Vice-captain Broad bruised his left heel and team doctors were monitoring his progress just 10 days before the first Test of the four-match series starts in Ahmedabad on November 15.

"Scans show Broad has a bruised left heel. Progress will be monitored over next couple of days," team spokeswoman Rhian Evans said during the final day's play at the DY Patil stadium.

Steve Finn, Stuart Broad
Steve Finn and Stuart Broad (right) are both carrying injuries ahead of the first Test against India. Pic/AFP

With fellow fast bowler Finn being treated for a thigh strain, England's team management remained undecided over the composition of the bowling attack for the series opener.

The seamer returned after four overs but did not bowl again, having managed 10 overs previously in four short spells as England's opponents reached 232 for 4 in reply to 345 for 9 declared.

Finn, meanwhile, is likely to miss the first two games of the four-match series due to the thigh strain he sustained last week. The 23-year-old seamer was ruled out of the final warm-up match against Haryana, which starts on Thursday.

Surrey paceman Stuart Meaker, who has been called up as a precautionary cover, is expected to join the tourists ahead of their last practice match in Ahmedabad from Thursday.

The 23-year-old Meaker, who has been capped twice in the 50-over format will return to the England Performance Programme, once Finn is available for selection.

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