Ashwin suffers minor injury ahead of first Test

Ravichandran Ashwin was hit on the right hand during a net session due to which he chose not to bowl, bat or field on the second day of the practice game against Essex on Thursday.

Ashwin later bowled in the nets during the lunch break.   -  THE HINDU ARCHIVES

India’s premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin suffered a minor hand injury and as a precautionary measure did not not take field on the second day of the ongoing three-day practice game against Essex on Thursday.

Ashwin was hit on the right hand during a net session this morning. To avoid any further damage, Ashwin decided not to bowl, bat or field.

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The Indian team management said that the physio has taken a look and deduced that it was only a minor injury.

Ashwin later bowled in the nets during the lunch break.

India was all out for 395 in 100.2 overs with Dinesh Karthik top-scoring for the visitor with 82.

The first Test begins in Birmingham on August 1 and spinners are likely to play a key role, considering the hot conditions, suitable for Indian bowlers.

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