West Indies sweat over Shivnarine Chanderpaul's fitness

Shivnarine Chanderpaul has scored 235 runs at an average of 78.33 in the first two Tests Getty Images

Birmigham: Jun 7, 2012

West Indies star batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has undergone a hospital scan after suffering soreness in his side, a team spokesman confirmed Thursday.

Fortunately for the tourists, Thursday’s first day of the third and final Test against England at Edgbaston was washed out completely, meaning they were not obliged to name their team.

Meanwhile Chanderpaul was taken to a nearby hospital for a scan, and the spokesman said he hoped a day’s rest would bolster the veteran left-hander’s prospects of helping the West Indies avoid a 3-0 series defeat.

“Shiv went to hospital for a scan,” the spokesman said.

“A day off gives him a chance to see how well he goes.”

The 37-year-old Chanderpaul is one of a select group of batsmen who’ve scored over 10,000 runs in Test cricket and he averages over 50 in 142 matches at this level, with 25 hundreds.

In this series alone, he’s scored 235 runs at an average of 78.33. (AFP)