Chelmsford: India's premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Thursday suffered a minor hand injury and as a precautionary measure did not take the 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.
The first Test begins in Birmingham on 1 August and spinners are likely to play a key role, considering the hot conditions, suitable for Indian bowlers.
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"The bowlers did well to bring them down to 160-odd. As a team, we should have achieved the target but the batsmen let the bowlers down," Dhoni said.
Ashwin, who had been in the news for running out Jos Buttler after the batsman had backed up too far at non-striker's end during an IPL game last year, was seen giving a warning to Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Aaron Finch in Dubai on Monday.
England are slated to visit India from January-March for five Tests and a limited-overs series.