Injured Avesh all but out of England series with fracture in left thumb, Gill back home

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New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI) Young fast bowler Avesh Khan's tour of England is set to end abruptly after being ruled out of India's warm-up first-class game against County XI due to a left-thumb fracture he sustained on the opening day of the match in Durham.

Khan, the right-arm fast bowler represented the County XI side after a few of their players went on mandatory isolation for coming in contact with COVID-19 positive people.

A senior BCCI official informed that Khan, who was a stand-by player, could be out for a considerable period of time due to the injury and the Indian team management will have at least one net bowler short going into the Test series, starting August 4 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

'Avesh is not likely to take any further part in the series leave alone this game. It's a thumb fracture. He will not be bowling for at least a month and after that rehabilitation is likely to start. In another three days, the picture is supposed to get clearer,' the BCCI source said.

The BCCI on Wednesday didn't elaborate on the exact nature of the injury but stated: 'Fast bowler Avesh Khan remains under observation of the Medical Team. He will not be taking any further part on Day 2 and Day 3 of the warm-up game.' Khan got injured while bowling the penultimate delivery of his 10th over during the post-lunch session on Tuesday when he stopped a rasping bowler's back-drive from Hanuma Vihari on reflex with his left hand.

He was seemingly in great pain and immediately sought medical help and one of the commentators on Durham's YouTube channel said that it seemed as if there has been a dislocation of thumb.

The 24-year-old has 100 wickets from 26 first-class games and many believed that he could have made his Test debut at some point with five Test matches on the anvil.

Virat Kohli back in nets ============== India captain Virat Kohli, who skipped the first-class warm up game due to a slight back niggle was back to the nets and enjoyed a full-fledged batting session on the day.

Kohli is expected to play in the intra-squad game that will be held next week.

Shubman Gill back home, to start rehab in NCA in some days ===================================== Young opener Shubman Gill, who was earlier ruled out of the five-Test series against England with shin splints, has returned home after enjoying a break in the UK. He left the team bubble after the World Test Championship final against New Zealand last month.

Shubman is back home in Mohali and after spending some time with his family, the cricketer will be off to National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for an intensive rehabilitation programme.

Gill would be eyeing comeback during the Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates. PTI KHS KHS AT AT

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