The Test series between England and India so far has been at its exciting best. While rain washed out the first Test, India displayed an all-round performance to clinch the second match at Lord’s
England team has already lost the likes of Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer due to injuries and the latest entrant in the list is Mark wood. With the next Test match slated to be played on 25th August the pacer is doubtful for that game.
Over the past few weeks, the England cricket team have suffered major blows as many of their star players are at the receiving end of injuries. In the latest development, it is learned that, pacer Mark Wood could miss the third Test match against India in Headingley Leeds.
Mark Wood injured his shoulder while trying to save the boundary during Day 4 of the third Test match and bowled only four overs on the final day due to the injury. The pacer had a decent outing in the Lord’s as he scalped 2 wickets in the first innings and followed it with three important wickets of Rohit Sharma, Kl Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara in the second innings.
While giving an update on Wood’s injury, England’s head coach Chris Silverwood said that the medical team are working on him and his fitness would be cleared in two days. He added that they will give the pacer every opportunity to be fit for the Leeds.
“The medics are working on Woody (Mark Wood). We’ll find out more in the next couple of days. He is a bowler who can hit 90mph-plus, so I’ve got to look after him, but he will be given every opportunity to be fit for Leeds and obviously, we will make a decision, along with him, and our medics closer to the time,” Chris Silverwood.
Considering the overcast conditions, England won the toss and decided to bowl first at Lord’s. The decision to field first turned out to be a wrong one as Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul put on a mammoth 126 runs partnership. Even though the former lost his wicket in the 80s but Rahul went on to hit a century. His 129 runs along with some vital contributions from lower-order helped India post a total of 364 runs on board.
In reply, Joe Root’s unbeaten knock of 180 runs along with Jonny Bairstow’s half-century help England take a lead of 27 runs. In the second essay, the home side was on the top of the as the visitors were reduced to 55/3. Both Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara stitched century-stand to bail India out of the trouble but it was not enough as English bowlers removed them soon after their stand.
Just when it seemed Joe Root-led side were asserting their authority, Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah were relevation with the bat as they scored 89 runs together to help visitors post a target of 272 runs. With only 60 overs left in-game, Indian bowlers then dictated terms to English batsmen and wrapped them for just 120 runs to give Virat Kohli-led side a comprehensive 150-run victory.