Ashwin suffers minor injury ahead of first Test

Chelmsford : India’s premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Thursday 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.

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 on Thursday.

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 were all out for 395 in 100.2 overs with Dinesh Karthik top-scoring for the visitors with his 82-run knock. In reply, Essex scored 237-5 at stumps. Pacers Umesh Yadav (2-23) and

Ishant Sharma (2-38) picked-up two wickets each.

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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