NL vs IND: Mark Wood was injured in the second Test against India at Lord’s.© Twitter
Mark Wood has been ruled out of this week’s third Test, with India dealing a blow to the hosts’ hopes of leveling the five-game streak that lead the tourists 1-0. The 31-year-old has a jerky right shoulder, a result of diving into a billboard while rescuing a border on the fourth night of the second Test at Lord’s. Although he reached speeds in excess of 93 mph (150 km/h) on the final day of the second test, which England lost, he was not deemed fit to take his place in the grid for the Headingley race, which starts on Wednesday.
“Mark Wood has been excluded from the third test against India with a torn right shoulder,” said a statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board on Monday.
“Wood sustained the injury on the fourth day of the second Test at Lord’s and will not be fit to play at Headingley from Wednesday.
“He will remain with the squad in Leeds and will continue his rehabilitation with the English medical team.
“The 31-year-old will be judged at the end of this test match.”
The Durham paceman, whose career has been ravaged by injuries, adds to the growing list of unavailable English seam bowlers.
Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Olly Stone and Chris Woakes are out due to injury, while all-rounder Ben Stokes is unavailable due to a mental break.
Many felt that Wood should have paid more attention in the field.
“It was madness,” former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott said in his column for Britain’s Daily Telegraph.
“Modern cricketers all dive athletically to save runs and the effort is commendable, but it’s not worth the risk of injury to a leading bowler.”
England go into the test against Virat Kohli’s team, bidding not only to level the series but also to end a run of seven tests without a win.
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