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Harmison ruled out of Mumbai Test, Anderson could be drafted in

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London, Mar 16 (UNI) England's hopes of levelling the series in Mumbai received a severe jolt with pace spearhead Steve Harmison being ruled out of the third Test because of a shin injury.

In his absence, James Anderson is likely to be inducted in the side.

According to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) here today, the fast bowler has developed 'bone stress' in his right shin and even worse, further medical advice will be sought to determine whether he can continue with the team for the remainder of the series, involving five ODIs following the Mumbai Test.

Harmison missed the net session at the Wankhede Stadium to undergo an X-ray on his right shin which has been troubling him since the Mohali Test.

In that match which England lost to the hosts, Harmison bowled only four overs in the second innings even though coach Duncan Fletcher and stand-in captain Andrew Flintoff exuded confidence that everything would be alright before the Mumbai Test.

England are already depleted, with regular captain Michael Vaughan, spinner Ashley Giles and pacer Simon Jones recovering from injury while opener Marcus Trescothick returned home citing personal reasons.

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