England wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow is likely to miss the fourth and fifth Test against India following his finger injury at Trent Bridge.
Meanwhile, Bairstow sustained the injury on day three of the third Test at Trent Bridge. He copped the blow of James Anderson in the 44rth over of the Indian innings and spent the rest of the day watching the proceedings from the dressing room.
Jonny Bairstow immediately rushed to the hospital to get an X-Ray done, reports of which showed a hairline fracture. However, assistant coach Paul Farbrace is hopeful that the 28-year-old will be available to bat during England’s second essay. England chases a record target of 521 to save this Test with two days still in hand against India.
Guardian, however, quoted sources as claiming that Bairstow has no chance of playing the final two Tests at The Rose Bowl and Kennington Oval.
“There is a fracture in the tip of his finger. The doc’s been working on him this evening to relieve a bit of pressure in the nail, so hopefully he’ll be OK,” Farbrace told reporters.
“I’m no expert on broken fingers but because it’s not a displaced break, then he should be OK. Tt’s just a case of managing the pain level as opposed to doing any further damage. There will be a big bit of plastic stuck over his glove. Let’s see how he goes over the next couple of days. If there was a risk of making it worse, he wouldn’t bat,” he added.
A lot will depend on how the next few days go
Paul Farbrace, however, did not commit anything on Jonny Bairstow’s availability for the rest of the India series.
“A lot will depend on how the next few days go, and the soreness in terms of catching balls on a consistent basis. We’ll have to see how he goes,” he concluded.
It will be a massive blow for England if he fails to recover as he has been among the runs for his side in this series.