London: Fast bowler Alex Tudor is optimistic that he will be able to prove his fitness to the England selectors ahead of next week's second Test against India. However England captain Nasser Hussain has laid down stringent guidelines concerning bowlers returning from injury which Tudor may not be able to meet. Hussain, who was also without Tudor's fellow quicks Darren Gough (knee) and Andrew Caddick (side) during the first Test, was adamant that before earning a recall, bowlers must first prove their fitness in a first-class fixture. And because Surrey's next championship match starts at Hove on August 8 - the same day England begin the second Test against India at Trent Bridge - Tudor appears to be out of contention. Surrey quick Tudor, 24, missed England's 170-run win concluded Monday in the series opener at Lord's with shin splints - an injury sustained during India's One-day triangular series final victory two weeks earlier. He returned to county action on Sunday with seven overs against Essex in a One-day League match and expects to be in the side for the Trophy semi-final against Yorkshire at Headingley - a match delayed 24 hours until Thursday because of a complete washout. However, his cause could be helped if the 'slight' injuries sustained by pace bowlers Simon Jones (side strain) and Andrew Flintoff (groin) at Lord's worsen and England is left short of alternatives. Tudor's latest injury problem was particularly ill-timed because he won the man-of- the-match during England's previous Test, a 10-wicket victory over Sri Lanka at Old Trafford in June - a performance that many thought had cemented his international place. "I was very frustrated to miss out on the Test match," said Tudor. "I wanted to use this Test towards establishing myself in the England team. I was lucky enough to get the man-of-the-match award in the previous Test at Old Trafford and got drafted into the One-day squad and I wanted to be part of the first Test against India at Lord's. "It was disappointing I wasn't able to do that, but hopefully the injury has cleared up now and if things go well maybe I'll get in for the next Test."
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