London: England`s Ian Bell was sent for an X-ray after suffering a thumb blow while fielding during the third day of the third Test against India at Southampton on Tuesday.
Early in the day`s play, India`s Murali Vijay edged James Anderson just short of Bell at second slip, the ball hitting the fielder`s left thumb.
Bell immediately shook his hand in pain and, after treatment by the England physiotherapist, walked off the field.
Monday saw Bell end a run of 19 Test innings without a hundred by top-scoring with 167 in England`s first innings 569 for seven declared.
India lead the five-match series 1-0 after their 95-run win in the second Test at Lord`s.