Stuart Broad is a doubt to lead England in their Twenty20 double-header against India after being sent for a scan following a reoccurrence of a heel injury suffered during training ahead of the fourth test in Nagpur.
Broad was cleared to play in the first two test matches following an original heel problem picked up during the second tour game and faces a scan to discover the extent of this latest setback which throws his ability to lead England in their T20 series against India into uncertainty.
The 26 year old, who is wicketless thus far in the series, was likely to sit out the final test of the fourth match series against India starting on Thursday, with Steven Finn expected to retain his place having finished with match figures of 4-108 as England took a 2-1 lead in the series ran out after a seven wicket win in Kolkata.
England face India in Pune for the first T20 on 20 December before travelling back to the scene of their emphatic second test victory in Mumbai on 22 December prior to a two-and-a-half week break prior to the beginning of preparations for the five-match ODI series against the reigning world champions.
Should Broad fail to recover in time to take his place in an England T20 side reeling from a tame super eight exit during the World Cup in Sri Lanka earlier this year, then Eoin Morgan is likely to lead the side for the quick-fire series.
Both Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Swann will be absent for the series along with senior coaches Andy Flower and Graham Gooch, leaving an inexperienced England unit on and off the field; a squad which would be further hampered by the loss of Broad.
Allowed the opportunity to access a Nagpur pitch which has produced a result in each of the three tests held at the ground, England found a dry surface and while the groundsman has been prevented from speaking to the media, his staff are understood to have been told to stop watering the pitch in the days leading up to the start.
Of those three previous results in Nagpur, the side batting first has gone on to win the game on every occasion, and should England wish to realise their dream of winning the first series in India for three decades, captain Alastair Cook's luck may well have to the change at the toss with the opener having lost all three tosses in the series to date.