IND vs ENG: Mark Wood suffers shoulder injury, doubtful for third Test

By Rohit - August 18, 2021 - Last updated on Aug 23, 2021 12:57 PM IND vs ENG: Mark Wood suffers shoulder injury, doubtful for third Test

Mark Wood is doubtful for the 3rd Test between England and India.

India tour of England: Hosts England are worried about the fitness of Mark Wood after the express pacer suffered a shoulder injury during their defeat to India at Lords. The two teams will meet in the 3rd Test at Leeds from August 24.

England are fretting over the availability of pacer Mark Wood for the 3rd Test against India at Trent Bridge, starting August 24 due to a shoulder injury. Coach Chris Silverwood said England will take a call after consulting with the medics closer to the start of the Test but he maintained that he will not push Wood into playing the 3rd Test.

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The express paceman injured his shoulder while diving to save a boundary on Day 4 of the 2nd Test. Wood landed heavily on his right shoulder while diving headlong into an advertising hoarding. Despite showing discomfort, Wood bowled on Day 5, hitting speeds in excess of 90kmph.

England are set to announce their squad for the 3rd Test on Wednesday and all eyes will be on Woods selection, considering England are already without three of their leading pacers in Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Olly Stone, and all-rounder Ben Stokes who took a mental health break.

"The medics are working on him (Wood), well find out more in the next couple of days," England coach Chris Silverwood said.

"We will make a decision, along with him and our medics, closer to the time. But if hes not right, hes not right. I certainly wont push him into playing if he tells me hes not right. I will look after him."

Mark Wood bowled 24 overs in the first innings of the Lords Test and picked up 2 wickets. Wood braved the shoulder niggle in the 2nd innings and gave England a fine start by removing India openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul before sending Cheteshwar Pujara back to the pavilion. He aggravated his injury by tumbling on his follow-through on the final day.

England needs some inspiration from somewhere after their crushing defeat to India at Lords. Heading into Day 5 in a dominant position, England surrendered the advantage when they allowed Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami to add 89 runs for the 9th wicket.

Later in the final day, England were bundled out for 120 in just 51.5 overs as India went on to seal a 151-run victory and a 1-0 lead in the 5-match series.

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