India fast-bowler Zaheer Khan will miss the second cricket Test against England with a hamstring injury, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said at a news conference.
Khan was injured taking 2-18 on day one of the opening Test at Lord’s in London, which England won by 196 runs. The second test begins tomorrow at Trent Bridge in Nottingham and back-ups Munaf Patel and Sreesanth are among Dhoni’s options as replacements.
England captain Andrew Strauss said today he’s confident fast bowler Chris Tremlett, also bothered by a hamstring, will be available. Tremlett, who claimed four wickets in the first Test, sat out training yesterday and briefly bowled this morning before having treatment.
“I think he’s fine, he’s had a bit of a niggle with the hamstring,” Strauss said on the England and Wales Cricket Board’s website. “At the moment we expect him to be fit for tomorrow, but obviously like all things we’ll see in the morning.”
England can overtake India at the top of the International Cricket Council rankings if it wins the series by two Tests or more. It would be the first time the English have been top-ranked.