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England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow was diagnosed with a fractured left middle finger after being struck on the hand on the third day of the third Test against India in Nottingham.
The incident occurred in the 44th over of India’s innings when Cheteshwar Pujara left a delivery from pace bowler James Anderson, which provided to swerve and hit Bairstow on the hand.
Bairstow immediately fell to the ground and looked to be in agony as he clutched his left hand.
Hopefully this isn't as bad as it looks for Jonny 😢
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With Bairstow leaving the ground to go to the hospital, Jos Buttler took over behind the stumps.
After having his hand scanned, it was revealed that Bairstow had sustained a “small fracture” to the tip of the middle finger on his left hand.
“It is fracture but it’s not displaced which is the good thing,” Bairstow told Channel 5 as quoted by ESPNcricinfo. “We are hopeful with more icing overnight and a bit of protection. It’s the middle finger and it’s my top hand, so I tend not to use it much.
“It’s part and parcel of keeping wicket, you will cop a few on your fingers. It wobbled and did what it typically does in England sometimes does, so unfortunately copped it on the end.”
It remains unclear as to whether Bairstow will feature in the fourth Test in Southampton, but England assistant coach Paul Farbrace was optimistic.
“The doc’s been working on him to relieve a bit of pressure in the nail, so hopefully when needed he’ll be okay,” Farbrace said. “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.
“I’m no expert on broken fingers, but because it’s not a displaced break, then he should be okay, and it’s just a case of managing the pain level as opposed to doing any further damage. There’ll be a big bit of plastic stuck over his glove. Let’s see how he goes over the next couple of days.”