The Ashes: England's Graeme Swann suffers no fracture after being struck on arm
Graeme Swann has escaped a fracture after being struck on the forearm during England's Ashes warm-up contest with Essex.
Last Updated: 01/07/13 10:18pm
The 34-year-old spinner gave England cause for concern ahead of the start of the Test series against Australia next week when he was hurt whilst batting at Chelmsford.
Swann required lengthy treatment after being struck on the arm by Essex paceman Tymal Mills during the morning session on the second day.
Despite a nasty-looking bruise he opted to continue batting and seemed set for a century until he scooped spinner Tom Craddock to Ravi Bopara at mid-on to be dismissed for 94.
Swann and fellow lower-order batsman Tim Bresnan, who made an unbeaten 105, had dragged England out of trouble at 212-7 with an eighth-wicket stand of 187, enabling them to declare on 413-9.
Swann failed to take to the field at the start of the Essex innings, instead going to hospital for an X-ray, the results of which showed that he had not broken any bones.
An ECB spokesman said: "(The) X-ray showed no fracture. He is continuing to receive treatment for bruising and will return to the field later in the game."
In reply, Jaik Mickleburgh led the way in the home side's reply before he was dismissed for 90 to leave them on 157-5.