Mark Wood Injury Update: The 29-year old fast bowler had sustained a side strain during the World Cup final against New Zealand.
England fast bowler Mark Wood has been ruled out of the rest of the English season due to a side strain which he sustained during the final match of the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Having registered bowling figures of 10-1-49-1 in the big final, Wood had walked off the ground during the death overs.
It was the same reason why the right-arm fast bowler didn’t take part in the one-off Test against Ireland and subsequently the first ongoing Test against Australia at Edgbaston.
Mark Wood alreasy ruled out, James Anderson likely to be out of action until 5th Test so England will have to manage it with Broad, Woakes, Stokes, Ali and Archer.#Ashes
— Abhijeet ♞ (@TheYorkerBall) August 2, 2019
Mark Wood Injury Update
At this point in time, there is no fixed time regarding Wood’s recovery from the side strain. It is expected that Wood will undergo a surgery on his right knee to clear up some excess cartilage.
In 10 ODIs during the World Cup, Wood dismissed 18 batsmen at an average of 25.72, an economy rate of 5.16 and a strike rate of 29.8. While Wood was the sixth-best bowler in the tournament, he ended the tournament as England’s second highest wicket-taker.
Wood had played the last of his 13 Test matches during the tour of West Indies earlier this year. Being considered as a premier fast bowler for England in the Ashes, the home team will have to move forward without him.
With legendary fast bowler James Anderson also injured, England are in a spot of bother right now. It is not known if Anderson will take further part in this match or the series. If Anderson misses out on selection, England would want another injured fast bowler in Jofra Archer to play the second Test at Lord’s starting from August 14.