Swann injures thumb in 1st training session

Perth: England spinner Graeme Swann suffered an injury to his right thumb while batting during the team`s first full training session in Australia ahead of the Ashes series.

Swann applied strapping to his thumb Monday but an England spokesman said the injury wasn`t serious and the 31-year-old Swann remained available for the match against Western Australia state starting Friday.

England paceman Stuart Broad also dismissed any concerns surrounding the injury, saying "it`s just a bit of precautionary strapping, I don`t think he`s in any trouble at all."

The first of five Ashes tests begins Nov. 25 in Brisbane. England won the last series 2-1 in England last year but has not won a series Down Under since 1986-87.

Bureau Report