Mark Wood is set to MISS the rest of the England’s Test series against West Indies due to elbow injury… with paceman feeling acute joint pain in the nets ahead of final day’s play in Antigua
- Mark Wood will be assessed further by the team’s medics in Barbados on Sunday
- The 32-year-old managed just 17 overs in Antigua in England’s drawn Test
- Talk in camp suggest Wood’s chances of playing the second Test are not good
- Liam Norwell will be called up should they decide reinforcements are required
Mark Wood could miss the remainder of the Test series against West Indies due to his elbow injury.
England fast bowler Wood suffered acute pain in the joint after bowling half a dozen deliveries in the nets before the final day’s play at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and will be assessed further by the team’s medics upon arrival in Barbados later on Sunday.
The 32-year-old managed just 17 overs in Antigua and the developments suggest he is extremely unlikely to add to them over the next fortnight.
Mark Wood could miss the remainder of the Test series against West Indies due to his elbow injury
England fast bowler Wood suffered acute pain in the joint after bowling deliveries in the nets
Talk in the camp prior to Saturday’s fitness test was that the prospect of England’s fastest bowler playing in the second Test starting at Kensington Oval on Wednesday was not good and a condensed schedule which sees the series conclude as early as next Thursday in Grenada is unhelpful in terms of recovery.
Liam Norwell, who claimed 49 wickets in Warwickshire’s County Championship-winning season last year, will be called up should the England hierarchy decide reinforcements are required.
Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad, controversially overlooked as England seek just a second win in the Caribbean in 54 years, were not included on the list of stand-by players and have had no contact since this tour began.
Liam Norwell will be called up should England decide reinforcements are required
This set-back is a blow to Joe Root’s hopes of pulling off an historic victory without his prized new-ball pair as Wood – a rare England success story in the Ashes earlier, with 17 wickets in four matches – is the one bowler capable of producing the kind of express pace that can unseat batters on flat, lifeless pitches like the one in Antigua.
Jofra Archer and Olly Stone, two other 90-mile-per-hour merchants, have been training with their international colleagues in recent weeks but are both some way off returning at the highest level.
It means England must either take a gamble on Ollie Robinson’s overall fitness, which has proved suspect this winter, or hand a Test debut to one or both of Roses pair Saqib Mahmood and Matt Fisher should they wish to revamp their seam attack.
Lancashire quick Saqib Mahmood meanwhile could be handed a Test debut in Barbados