London - England had an injury scare to contend with ahead of the first Test
against India when Jos Buttler was called up as cover for wicketkeeper
Matt Prior on Tuesday.
Prior suffered a thigh injury while
training on Monday, but was set to take a full part in Tuesday's
practive at Trent Bridge ahead of the first of a five-match series which
starts at the Nottingham ground on Wednesday.
The England and
Wales Cricket Board said on Twitter: "Jos Buttler called into the
England squad as cover for Matt Prior, who experienced some mild
tightness in his right thigh yesterday (Monday). "... will continue to
be assessed during training before a decision is made about his fitness
for the 1st Investec Test."
Prior had been struggling with
Achilles problems ahead of the recent two-Test series at home to Sri
Lanka, which England lost 1-0.
Before that series there had been
calls for Lancashire gloveman Buttler, at 23 nine years younger than
Prior, to be given a Test debut after he'd impressed for England during
the preceding one-dayers against Sri Lanka which included his 121 off 74
balls at Lord's.
But both the player himself and the England
management said he needed to become more consistent with both bat and
gloves in first-class cricket before he got a Test chance.
this season in the first-class County Championship, Buttler has scored
491 runs at 40.91 with one hundred and four fifties.
recalled to the Test side for the Sri Lanka series after being dropped
following the third Test against Australia in Perth.
He made 86
in the first innings at Lord's but struggled behind the stumps in the
second Test at Headingley, where Sri Lanka won by 100 runs to claim
their first series victory on English soil.