Broad and Finn set to miss last warm-up

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Pace bowlers Stuart Broad and Steven Finn are both expected to miss England’s final warm-up match before the start of the Test series against India.

Finn suffered a thigh strain in the first tour match against India A, and Broad then bruised his left heel against Mumbai A.

Both went for scans which did not reveal serious injury last week, although it appears neither Finn nor Broad will play against Haryana in a four-day match which begins tomorrow.

England batting coach Graham Gooch, speaking before today’s team meeting, made it clear he was not “100 per cent sure” about selection.

But he added: "I think it’s unlikely that they will be considered for this game.

"They’ve both got injuries, and I don’t think they’re going to be ready for this game."

Finn managed only four overs before going off injured.

Broad got through 10 and was able to take the field, but not bowl, the day after he had his scan.

Graham Gooch

Batting coach Graham Gooch is pleased with the depth of England's squad. He said: "I like competition for places; you want that, people to be putting their hand up and saying ’I want that place in the side’."

"With a bruised heel, it is something that can be very annoying and can take time to clear up," said Gooch.

"You’ve got to see how it goes each day, whether it gets better with the rest - keep checking it and see how it comes on.

"There’s no other way of going about it really."

Gooch was full of praise for Nick Compton, who scored an unbeaten half-century in Mumbai on Monday, and Joe Root, particularly given they are part of an England Test squad for the first time.

The pair are each hoping to earn a spot at the top of the order alongside captain Alastair Cook for the first Test in Ahmedabad, and Gooch said of Compton: "He’s had a couple of chances already, and Joe Root also played in the last match.

"I think they’re two very good players, obviously at different levels of their career.

"One has been in the first-class game for quite a while, and gained experience and found his mark, found the way he can score runs and been very successful over the last couple of years for Somerset.

"The other lad is obviously a young, exciting player. He has a good technique from what I’ve seen - this is the first time I’ve seen him close up - and he bowls a bit.

"So it’s going to be quite a difficult selection."

Gooch added that he was pleased with the options available to England, who will be without incumbent number five Ian Bell for the second Test as he flies home for the birth of his first child.

"You’ve got Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Samit Patel all bidding for places,” said Gooch.

"I like competition for places; you want that, people to be putting their hand up and saying ’I want that place in the side’."

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