Swann available for first test despite return home

Last updated 06:50 08/11/2012

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England spinner Graeme Swann will be available for the first test against India starting November 15 despite flying back home from tour to be with his ill daughter.

Swann, England's top slow bowler, returned home "to support his family and spend time with his daughter, who is currently unwell," according to a statement released by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Before flying out to India last month, Swann spoke off his sadness at having to say goodbye to daughter Charlotte only a week after she was born.

It means Swann will head into the first of the four-match test series having played just one practice game - the tour opener against India A. He will miss the final four-day preparation match, against Haryana in Ahmedabad starting tomorrow, having also sat out last week's three-day game against the Mumbai "A" team.

England already has concerns regarding the fitness of pacemen Steven Finn (thigh) and Stuart Broad (heel).

Swann's absence gives Monty Panesar a chance to stake his claim for a test spot in the match against Haryana.

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