England have worries in India

England is facing an injury crisis in India and has put players on stand by before the first Test starts next week.

Alastair Cook and James Anderson were on tour in the West Indies with the England A team but were sent home to England in case they are required for the first Test.

In doubt for the Test side are Michael Vaughan (knee), Kevin Pietersen (back), Paul Collingwood (back) and Liam Plunkett (heel).

It is the second emergency call-up for Cook. He was sent to Pakistan for last year's tour while Anderson was on the whole trip.

Vaughan received a cortisone injection and was rested from the tour match in Baroda in the hope that he would recover in time for the Nagpur Test which starts on March 1.

Vaughan batted in the nets on Friday and the team doctor was optimistic about the knee injury, which was a different one to that Vaughan suffered in Pakistan last year.

"It's got to be a concern when your captain can't play in the match before the first Test, but he has a chance for next week," Dr Peter Gregory told BBC Sport.

"A jab normally starts to work after 48 hours, but you can't expect the full effect for about two weeks."

Meanwhile, in its tour match against the President's XI in Baroda, England was all out for 238 in its first innings and 10 for 1 in its second after the President's XI declared its first innings at 342-8, leaving England still 94 runs behind with nine wickets in hand.

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