ENG vs IND 3rd Test: England pacer Mark Wood has been ruled out of the third Test against India at the Headingley ground in Leeds due to a shoulder injury. The England and Cricket Board (ECB) said on Monday that Wood is not fit to play in the third Test. This is a big setback for England, as the team has lost the last match and is lagging behind in the five-match series.
England Cricket Board issued statement
The England Cricket Board (ECB) issued a statement saying, “Wood will be with the team in Leeds and will be in rehabilitation. The status of his injury will be seen after the end of the third Test.” Mark Wood took five wickets in the second test match played at Lord’s. He was hurt while trying to stop a boundary off Rishabh Pant’s shot.
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— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 23, 2021
After the physio’s examination, he left the field on the fourth day. However, on the last day, Wood came to the ground and he bowled for four overs. Apart from Wood, many important England players such as Ollie Stone, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer have not been included in the Test series due to various reasons. Wood’s absence means that Shakib Mahmood will make his Test debut from the next match. However, Craig Overton is also in the race to be included in the XI.
The third test match between India and England is to start from Wednesday. India lead 1-0 in the five-match Test series. At present, most of the players of the Indian team are running in excellent form. Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Siraj and Mohammed Shami had performed brilliantly in the last match, due to which the team defeated England by 151 runs. By winning the third match, the team will go on the field with the intention of strengthening the hold on the series.
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