August 20, 2018 / 2:03 PM / in a month

Bairstow fractures finger, expected to bat - reports

NOTTINGHAM, England (Reuters) - England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow fractured the middle finger on his left hand in the morning session of the third test against India at Trent Bridge, local media reported on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: Cricket - England v India - Third Test - Trent Bridge, Nottingham, Britain - August 20, 2018 England's Jonny Bairstow reacts after sustaining an injury Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

The 28-year-old is a key part of England’s batting line-up, but left the ground for an X-ray after being hit by a James Anderson delivery, with Jos Buttler taking over the gloves.

England described the injury as a “small” fracture, the BBC reported, adding that Bairstow was expected to bat during the second innings.

India were at 230 for the loss of three wickets and leading England by 398 runs in the day’s second session.

Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond

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