Steve Finn is sidelined with a thigh injury for England's first Test against India
England captain Alastair Cook has confirmed that Steve Finn will miss the opening Test against India.
Last Updated: 15/11/12 6:37am
The Middlesex paceman did not take part in training on Tuesday with the thigh injury he sustained in the first warm-up match of the tour against India A.
And rather than risk exacerbating the injury in the hot and humid conditions in Gujarat, Finn will be given time to get himself fully fit for the second Test in Mumbai next week.
"Steven will not be available for tomorrow's Test", said Cook. "It would be too big a risk.
"It's come a little bit too early, he's made fantastic progress with the injury and it's come on better than we thought.
"But unfortunately he's not going to make it, especially in these conditions, with a guy who's not 100 per cent fit and who hasn't bowled."
Stuart Broad appears set to start providing he suffers no reaction to a heel injury during his final session in the nets on Wednesday.
Cook would not be drawn on a replacement for Finn but all-rounder Tim Bresnan is expected to get the nod, with England set to go with just one spinner in Graeme Swann.
Monty Panesar offers the option of a second spinner but Bresnan will add extra power to the batting line-up at No.8 , putting him ahead of fellow seamers Graham Onions and Stuart Meaker.
Cook resented accusations that Finn's replacement would be selected from the also-rans.
He told Sky Sports News: "I wouldn't call them back-up bowlers, they're all vying for a place to play in this XI, to be lucky enough to play for England.
"They've all worked hard to get used to these conditions and as selectors we've got a tough decision to make."
Cook admitted he had not been out to check on the condition of the wicket at Ahmedabad since yesterday morning.
"Wickets change a lot in 24 hours," he added. "Yesterday it looked quite a dry wicket and I think it's been relaid so not much first-class cricket has been played on it."