Davis Cup: Dan Evans replaces Kyle Edmund for Great Britain

Dan Evans
Dan Evans made his first appearance at the Australian Open earlier this year
Davis Cup World Group first round: Great Britain v Japan
Date: 4-6 March Venue: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham Coverage: Live on BBC TV, Radio 5 live sports extra and BBC Sport website

Dan Evans has replaced the injured Kyle Edmund in the Great Britain team that will begin their defence of the Davis Cup against Japan on Friday.

Edmund, who was expected to play two singles rubbers, injured his back during practice in Birmingham.

His absence means Evans, 25, features in the GB team alongside Andy Murray, Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot.

On Friday, Evans will play world number six Kei Nishikori, whom he beat in the first round of the 2013 US Open.

British number one Murray will kick off the tie against world number 87 Taro Daniel.

If Britain beat Japan they will face either Kazakhstan or world number one Novak Djokovic's Serbia.

Analysis

Russell Fuller - BBC Radio 5 live tennis correspondent

Davis Cup captain Leon Smith waited until the very last moment to confirm Dan Evans' place in the line-up. He said it was a 'difficult call, but the right call' as Kyle Edmund's slight back injury was just too much of a risk.

It's another cruel slice of luck for Edmund - who also missed last year's semi-final after rolling an ankle in practice - but Evans will relish the opportunity to perform on a hard, indoor court in his home city.

Order of play:

Friday

Andy Murray v Taro Daniel

Dan Evans v Kei Nishikori

Saturday doubles

Dominic Inglot & Jamie Murray v Yoshihito Nishioka & Yasutaka Uchiyama

Sunday

Andy Murray v Kei Nishikori

Dan Evans v Taro Daniel

Listen to State of the British Game on BBC Radio 5 live Sport from 20:00 GMT on Thursday.

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