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Huw Bevan & Graeme Swann

England strength and conditioning coach Huw Bevan inspects Graeme Swann's right thumb after a blow from Tim Bresnan

England were able to report no harm done this morning after Graeme Swann was hit on the thumb of his bowling hand while batting in the nets.

Swann was struck a painful blow by a delivery from Tim Bresnan in the first practice session of England’s Ashes tour.

Their key spinner needed ice treatment and some strapping but appeared to have avoided serious injury and was not in obvious pain for long, typically soon sharing a joke with his fellow Ashes hopefuls.

Stuart Broad was able to confirm there is nothing for his Nottinghamshire team-mate to worry about.

“He’s fine. It’s just a bit of precautionary strapping,” he said. “I don’t think he’s in any trouble at all. He just got a bit of a blow, which you’re used to in nets.”

Most of the England team went through a tough physical workout away from the nets too, but Swann was excused.

“I think he’s pleased his thumb got him out of the running,” joked Broad.

A small deputation from the England team watched Australia brushed aside by seven wickets in last night’s Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka at the WACA.

But Broad insists that result can have no significant bearing on the forthcoming five-match Test series.

“It’s a completely different format of the game, and I think there are only two or three players who were involved last night and look in the frame for the first Ashes Test match.

“So there’s certainly nothing we can take from last night as an England team.”

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