Paceman Simon Jones also joins injured list

Published: Monday, February 27, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Nagpur:The England cricket squad's illness and injury woes seem to be unending with fast bowler Simon Jones joining the casualty list after twisting his left knee while bowling at the nets here today, ahead of their first Test against India here on March 1st.

Besides, the team would also face the absence of their captain Michael Vaughan, who failed to recover from a recurring knee injury today. Andrew Flintoff has been named as the skipper of England now.

Fast bowler Simon Jones, touted to be a key factor for England because of his reverse-swing abilities, twisted his left knee during the net session. Jones underwent a scan, the results of which will be known only later.

Meanwhile, England team media manager Andrew Walpole told mediapersons here that Jones has still not been ruled out of the first Test and a decision will only be taken on his availability tomorrow.

England, who have already lost vice-captain and opening batsman Marcus Trescothick who returned home for 'personal' reasons, details of which were not released.

Besides, Vaughan underwent a fitness test this morning, batting in the nets, but his knee was still stiff and sore which ruled him out of the Test series.

Vaughan would now be flying home to get treatment.

Meanwhile, opener Alastair Cook and seamer James Anderson reached Nagpur here last night as a cover up for the injury hit squad and Owais Shah would be reaching Nagpur by tomorrow.

England, who are looking to win their first Test series in India since 1984-85, will be playing three Tests and seven One-day internationals during the tour.

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