Caddick ruled out of first Test due to rib injury

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2002, 2:57 [IST]
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London: England's star opening batsman Marcus Trescothick looks like missing the whole Test series with India after he cracked his left thumb on Wednesday.

To add more misery to England's preparations Trescothick's Somerset team-mate and leading paceman Andy Caddick was also ruled out of the first Test because of a rib injury. Trescothick's injury came on the same day that Caddick was left out of the side as he continued to struggle with the rib injury. England paceman Caddick sustained a side strain during the third Test victory over Sri Lanka at Old Trafford last month and failed a fitness test, definitely ruling him out of next week's series opener against India. "He had a fitness test and didn't come through it too well," said Somerset coach Kevin Shine. "He still has a couple of weeks of rehab to do. There are four Tests left and may be he can get in a couple at the end," Shine added. "You cannot afford to come back too early from a rib injury - if you do then you could be in real trouble," said Shine, himself a former county pace bowler. England's selectors are due to announce on Thursday their squad for the first Test against India at Lord's starting on July 25.

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