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Steven Finn will miss the first Test against India in Ahmedabad - but Stuart Broad is set to play after recovering from a heel problem.
Finn has failed to recover sufficiently from a thigh injury for the selectors to feel ready to risk him in the first Test of what is likely to be a demanding four match trip for England's seamers.
Vice-captain Stuart Broad is expected to play his part though, despite playing in just one of England's three warm-up matches. He has trained heavily this week though, and England are ready to take what may be a slight risk on the 26-year-old.
The attack now seems certain to include Broad, James Anderson and Tim Bresnan, who has bowled well in the practice matches after a summer in which his game appeared to move sideways.
Graeme Swann, returned from a brief sojourn in England with his family, will provide the primary slow-option, with Samit Patel on offer as a secondary spinner to Cook.
Patel will bat at six rather than seven (where he started his Test career in Sri Lanka earlier this year) and send down some useful overs, but Cook may find himself at times wishing for the greater threat and control of the one-dimensional Monty Panesar.
If Patel continues to play spin with aplomb and chips in with the ball he provides a crucial balance to the team which is more essential in Asian conditions. Should he struggle though, England are a man down in both departments.