Mark Wood ruled out of Headingley Test due to shoulder injury

England pace injuries
August 23, 2021

Mark Wood has become the latest fast bowler ruled out of England's third Test against India due to a jarred right shoulder.

Wood sustained the injury while diving to save a boundary on the fourth day of the second Test at Lord's, and was only fit to bowl four overs on the final day. He will remain with the squad in Leeds and continue his rehab with England's medical team.

England have not called up an extra fast bowler as cover. As a result, Wood's injury is likely to open up the possibility of a Test debut for Saqib Mahmood, with Craig Overton also in contention. James Anderson, Ollie Robinson and Sam Curran are the other seamers in the squad.

Wood is the fifth England seamer ruled out of the third Test through injury, following Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Olly Stone and Chris Woakes, while Ben Stokes remains unavailable after taking a break from the game to focus on his mental health.

Archer, Broad and Stone are all out for the series, but Woakes could play some part after being named in Warwickshire's second XI squad to play Worcestershire at New Road. An England statement said that Wood would be assessed further at the end of the third Test.

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