Yet another injury for the England camp with Mark Wood being ruled out of the Ashes series. The injury came after a recent injury to James Anderson, who bowled just 4 overs in the first innings. Most probably, it would be tough for Mark Wood to make a comeback during the Ashes series.
Mark Wood played a vital role in England’s successful World Cup campaign. He felt pain his left side during the final against New Zealand but he continued to bowl despite the discomfort. Due to the strain, the 29-year-old was already sidelined for the first two Ashes Tests and was hopeful to regain fitness to be available for selection for the third Ashes Test.
Wood was also struggling throughout the tournament with a left knee issue, which he has now undergone surgery on. Wood will also have surgery on his right knee to clear up some excess cartilage.
Mark Wood has side strain:
In normal circumstances, however, that issue would only be expected to put him out of action for two or three weeks. It is the side strain that will keep him on the sidelines for longer.
“Mark Wood has had left knee surgery to address an injury sustained during the ICC Cricket World Cup. He will continue rehabilitation for this and the left side strain that he sustained in the World Cup final,” an ECB statement said on Friday.
Mark Wood’s injury has further deepened England’s fast-bowling injury after James Anderson suffered an injury to his right calf during Day 1 of the opening Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Thursday.
Wood picked up 18 wickets in the World Cup 2019 to become the second-highest wicket-taker for his side in the tournament. Of the other English bowlers, only Jofra Archer claimed more than Wood’s 18 wickets in the World Cup.
On Day 1 of the ongoing Ashes Test in Birmingham, England fast bowlers restricted Australia to 284 runs. Stuart Broad picked a 5-wicket haul while Chris Woakes took 3 wickets as Steve Smith came to Australia’s rescue with his 144-run knock.