Onions out of first Test
Graham Onions will miss the first Test against Bangladesh, but England are hopeful on Stuart Broad's prospects.
Last Updated: 10/03/10 1:25pm
England paceman Graham Onions will miss the first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong after failing to recover from a back injury.
The visitors' bowling attack was already depleted by the absence of James Anderson from the tour and Ryan Sidebottom's early return home with a thigh injury.
The two most experienced seamers left in the squad, Onions and Stuart Broad, have both been struggling with back problems and sat out the drawn warm-up fixture with Bangladesh A.
Broad bowled 10 overs in the nets on Wednesday without feeling any discomfort and will be reassessed in the morning before a decision is made on his availability for the series opener, starting on Friday.
Durham seamer Onions has also been turning his arm over in practice, but he has not been able to overcome his troubles and will definitely miss the first of two Tests.
He has not been ruled out for the series, though, and could make a return for the second Test, taking place in Dhaka from March 20-24.
It now looks increasingly likely that Yorkshire all-rounder Tim Bresnan, added to the squad following Sidebottom's departure, will earn his third Test cap in Chittagong.
Wickets for James Tredwell means that the option of playing two spinners is being seriously considered by coach Andy Flower, with Liam Plunkett, Ajmal Shahzad and Steven Finn the other pace options.
Middlesex rookie Finn, who stands at 6ft 7in, only arrived on the tour as cover but is now in contention for a Test debut after impressing against Bangladesh A.
"I wouldn't rule Finn out," said Flower. "He's been added to the party and he's a contender for selection.
"He's bowled with pace on a slow pitch and bowled with accuracy; he's quite a good prospect."