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| On Aug 23, 2021 4:56 PM IST

India vs England: Mark Wood Ruled out of 3rd Test. Here’s the official update


England has been a fantastic white-ball team, due to the players having experience in playing all-round the world in limited-overs competitions. Inside the country of England, popular tournaments such as T20 Blast and Hundred were organized which certainly give an edge to the players. Alongside, almost all the players of probable T20 World Cup team will play IPL as well. With so much cricket around, the injuries are bound to happen and it’s clearly visible in the latest news which revolves around fast bowler Mark Wood.

Mark Wood ruled out of India vs England 3rd Test

Another England fast bowler bites the dust during the home test series against India. The right-arm pacer Mark Wood has always been susceptible to injuries due to his unusual jump while delivering the ball. But this time, he has sustained shoulder injury while attempting to save a boundary in the 2nd test match at Lord’s.

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Here is the official confirmation from ECB on Twitter:

The pacer is set to undergo rehab programme in Leeds (3rd test match venue) and the decision on him will be taken at the end of the test match. He joins the list of Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Olly Stone who are injured as well.

Who can replace Mark Wood in 3rd Test?

With England Cricket Board not announcing any replacements for the pacer, one of the 2 probable players can play the 3rd Test against India.

Saqib Mahmood: The fast bowler has been an impressive performer in the shortest format, namely T20 Blast and is gradually becoming part of senior T20I team. But his natural swing ability with white-ball against Pakistan in the recent home series was lauded by many, and can make his test debut due to his good form.

Saqib Mahmood in First-Class: 65 Wickets, Bowl. AVG. 26.30

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Craig Overton: Another tall-lanky fast bowler has featured for England in the test matches and has been average with his performances. But his experience and wicket-taking abilities in the first-class cricket is known to the captain Joe Root, and is a strong case for the 3rd test as well.

Craig Overton in First-Class: 359 Wickets, Bowl. AVG. 23.28

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Harshit Rathi

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