Swann declares himself fit for Edgbaston

Graeme Swann has declared himself fit for the third Test against India at Edgbaston.

Swann was struck on the left hand while batting in the second Test at Nottinghamshire.

Initial scans suggested there may be a break but further assessment has shown no major damage.

Swann told Sky Sports News: “I’ve had another X-ray on the hand just to check and it’s not serious.

“There’s a little bother in there but nothing to affect my preparations.

“It might affect my batting in the nets beforehand but that will just stop me facing a few bouncers from our boys.”

Jonathan Trott is England’s only other fitness doubt after sustaining a shoulder injury while diving at mid-off on the second day at Trent Bridge.

India are also having injury problems, all-rounder Yuvraj Singh (broken finger) and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh (stomach muscle) have both been ruled out of the remaining two Tests.

Middle-order batsman Virat Kohli and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha have replaced Yuvraj and Harbhajan in India’s squad.

Zaheer Khan may return from a hamstring injury to lead the attack at Edgbaston, while opener batsman Virender Sehwag arrived in England on Wednesday after shoulder surgery.

Gautam Gambhir, who picked up an elbow injury after being hit by a full-blooded sweep shot by Matt Prior at Lord’s, has been declared fit to play at Edgbaston.

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