IND vs ENG Test: In another blow to the England team, which is coming at the backdrop of a 151-run loss against India in the last match, pacer Mark Wood has been ruled out of the third Test owing to an injured shoulder.
The pacer sustained the injury on the fourth day of the second Test at Lord’s. He jarred his shoulder while he was diving to save a boundary hit by Rishabh Pant on the fourth day of the second Test. However, Wood did play on the final day and bowled for four overs at India’s lower order.
The player will, however, remain with the squad in Leeds while he will be monitored by England’s medical team, which will be overlooking his rehab.
The team has not named any pacer as a replacement for Wood, although it is highly likely that his absence may make way for the Test cricket debut of Saqib Mahmood. They also have Craig Overton as an option for the position, who is likely to make his return in the playing XI after two years. Both the players hit the nets on Monday.
The 31-year old Durham paceman has added to the injury woes of the already paralysed team which is without their ace players including Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and Stuart Broad. They are also without Olly Stone and Chris Woakes and their absence can be strongly felt in the team, which is struggling to find its feet in the ongoing five-match Test series.
A statement from England and Wales Cricket Board read: “England seamer Mark Wood has been ruled out of the LV= Insurance third Test against India with a jarred right shoulder.
“Wood sustained the injury on the fourth day of the second Test at Lord’s and will not be fit to play at Emerald Headingley starting on Wednesday.
“He will remain with the squad in Leeds and will continue his rehab with the England medical team. The 31-year-old will be assessed at the end of this Test match.”
After the first match ended in a draw, India has taken a 1-0 by winning the second game of the Test cricket series at Lord’s. England will be looking to level the series in the next game set to start on August 25 at Headingley and also end the streak of the seven Test losses.