Collingwood finger not fractured

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Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood shows off his dislocated index finger during the afternoon session on day four at Kingsmead. He did not take to the field in South Africa's second innings

England are optimistic Paul Collingwood may be able to take part in the remainder of the second Test after x-rays showed no break in his left index finger.

Collingwood this morning dislocated the joint during England’s fielding practice at Kingsmead.

The middle-order batsman went for an x-ray on the injury, which struck before the start of play on day four against South Africa.

There were initial fears over whether he might be able to take the field again in this match.

But, despite strapping on the finger, the clear x-ray meant he should certainly be able to bat if England need him in their second innings.

He did not appear for fielding duties as England took to the field having declared on 575 for nine, with Luke Wright taking his place.

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