Wood ruled out for England ahead of third Test

By Sports Desk August 23, 2021

Mark Wood will not feature for England in the third Test against India due to the right shoulder injury he suffered at Lord's.

Wood was hurt on the fourth day of the second Test between the teams when diving to make a stop near the boundary, though he was still able to bowl in the remainder of the match.

After India secured a dramatic final-day victory to go 1-0 up in the five-match series, the 31-year-old was included in England's squad for the next contest, with the expectation at the time being he would be fit to feature at Headingley.

However, ahead of the game starting on Wednesday, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have confirmed he has now been ruled out of contention.

While unavailable for selection, Wood will remain with the squad in Leeds to continue undergoing treatment and will be assessed at the end of the match.

England were already certain to make at least one change to the XI that went down by 151 runs last time out.

Dom Sibley failed twice in the game and was subsequently dropped from the squad. The opener averaged just 14.25 in the series, while he has managed two centuries in 22 appearances overall in his Test career.

Dawid Malan earned a recall and could well slot into a position in the top order.

Lancashire pace bowler Saqib Mahmood, called up as cover for the second Test but yet to make his debut in the longest format, was also named in a 15-man squad, and could be the natural replacement for Wood.

England are without Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Olly Stone and Chris Woakes due to injuries, while all-rounder Ben Stokes is taking an indefinite break from the game to prioritise his mental health.

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