England spinner ruled out of India vs England 2nd Test. Check Details
Updated on: Feb 1, 2024 11:08 am IST
In a significant blow to England’s prospects in the ongoing Test series against India, their star spinner Jack Leach has been ruled out of the second Test set to take place in Visakhapatnam. The setback comes after Leach sustained a knee injury during the first Test in Hyderabad, further aggravating the issue on the second morning of play.
Jack Leach ruled out of India vs England 2nd Test
Jack Leach’s injury occurred while fielding on the first day of the Hyderabad Test. Despite managing to bowl 10 crucial overs in the second innings and claiming the vital wicket of Shreyas Iyer, the premier spinner’s injury has ruled him out of the upcoming match in Visakhapatnam. This poses a significant challenge for England, given Leach’s experience as the most seasoned specialist spinner in the squad during the India tour.
Captain Ben Stokes, expressing disappointment over Leach’s unavailability, confirmed the news and revealed the nature of the injury. The spinner suffered a haematoma in his leg as a result of the knock, putting a dent in England’s plans. Stokes conveyed his frustration, especially considering Leach’s recent return to the game after a prolonged absence due to a back injury.
Stokes said, “He’s ruled out of the second Test. Unfortunately, the knock he took resulted in a haematoma in his leg. It’s a big shame for us, a big shame for Jack, obviously after a long time out of the game with his back. To sustain that injury, first game back, obviously it’s frustrating.”
The England captain expressed hope for a swift recovery and reassured that the medical team is actively monitoring the situation, aiming to avoid an extended absence for Leach in the series.
With Jack Leach unavailable for the second Test, England now faces the challenge of finding a suitable replacement for their premier spinner. This situation provides an opportunity for the bench players who were not part of the playing XI in the first Test to step up and make their mark in the series.
Leach’s absence will undoubtedly be felt, but it opens the door for other talented individuals to contribute to England’s campaign in Visakhapatnam. As the cricketing world awaits the start of the second Test, all eyes will be on England’s team selection and their ability to adapt to the unexpected setback.
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