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23 Aug 2021
The England and Wales cricket board in a press release confirmed that England seamer Mark Wood has been ruled out of the third Test against between the home side and India which is due to take place in Headlinlgy, Leeds from August 25. It was told that the pacer is suffering from a jarred right shoulder.
The 31-year-old sustained the injury during the Lord’s Test on the fourth day while fielding at the third man. While attempting to save a boundary, he rammed into the advertisement board shoulders first and hence was taken off the field immediately. However, he returned on day five with heavy taping and bowled again. Early in the day, he slipped in the process of completing his action and fell on his injured shoulder, after which he had to be taken off the field. Visuals from the ground suggested that his bowling arm was heavily strapped with ice.
The release said that Wood ‘will remain with the squad in Leeds and will continue his rehab with the England medical team.’
Earlier England Head coach Chris Silverwood had said that the management wouldn’t be rushing wood to play the third Test if he isn’t fit enough.
This would mean that post-Archer, Wood would be the second out and out quick for England to have been injured right ahead of the T20 World Cup. Wood's exclusion from the third Test match would allow either Saqib Mahmood or Craig Overton to come into the English team, depending on the kind of combination they prefer.
After a victory at Lord’s India lead the five-match series 1-0 heading into the third Test.