Paceman Steven Finn limped off the field with a thigh injury as England’s bowlers struggled on the opening day of their Indian tour in Mumbai on Tuesday.
The tourists were kept on the field for the entire first day’s play as India ‘A’, lifted by Manoj Tiwary’s impressive 93, scored 369-9 in the three-day practice match at the Brabourne stadium.
The lanky Finn, regarded as a certainty for the four-Test series starting in Ahmedabad on November 15, bowled four overs within the first hour before being confined to the dressing room for the rest of the day.
Team spokesperson Rhian Evans said Finn will undergo scans to determine the cause of the discomfort in his right leg and results were expected on Wednesday morning.
The bowlers wilted under the hot sun as Tiwary and Irfan Pathan (46) put on 110 for the seventh wicket to build on sparkling half-centuries from opener Abhinav Mukund and Yuvraj Singh.
Tiwary, who turns 27 next month, put himself into Test reckoning after eight one-day appearances as he and Pathan helped the hosts recover from 186-6 in the post-lunch session.
Tim Bresnan bowled Tiwary and Ashok Dinda off successive balls, but Vinay Kumar hit an unbeaten 25 to boost the total.
“I am ready for Test cricket,” said Tiwary, who plays for Bengal in domestic matches.
“But it is up to the selectors. I will just go on trying my best.”
“I am happy the way I batted, but obviously am a bit disappointed that I could not get a century.”
Tiwary said England had a quality attack, but insisted he had no problem picking the spin of Graeme Swann and Samit Patel.
“Swann is a top class bowler, but I was able to pick his flight and trajectory well,” he said.
“The pitch was slow so it is understandable England did not go flat out in the first match.”
Bresnan, who had to bowl 20 overs to make up for Finn’s absence, hoped the injury was not serious.
“We are obviously disappointed that one of our fast bowlers had to go off,” Bresnan said.
“Finn is hurting and the scans will reveal more”
England bowler Tim Bresnan
“But it’s one of those things where you just have to step up a bit and take on the responsibility.
“Finn is hurting and the scans will reveal more.”
Mukund survived a confident shout for leg-before from James Anderson off the fourth ball of the match to hammer 16 boundaries in an aggressive 73 off 83 balls.
Yuvraj, dropped first ball at square leg by Patel, hit 59 to enhance his claims for a Test comeback after being treated for germ-cell cancer between his lungs earlier this year.
The left-hander smashed seven boundaries and four sixes in front of the national selectors, who will meet on November 5 to pick the squad for Ahmedabad.
Yuvraj played the last of his 37 Tests in November last year and hit a double-century on his return to first-class cricket earlier this month.
Off-spinner Swann and Bresnan finished with three wickets each, but Patel’s 20 overs of left-arm spin cost 95 runs.