Amidst the speculations, it got confirmed that Mark Wood, England’s pacer, will not be considered for a place in the playing XI for the third Ashes Test in Perth. He, though, will continue to stay with the team.
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He was named in the England Lions squad, that is currently in Australia, after not getting considered for the Ashes squad due to an injury. Wood though is part of team’s white ball plans and will be part of the team in the limited-overs series that will follow.
Wood, in his short international career, has had suffered a few injuries and had missed matches against Bangladesh, India, South Africa, to name a few.
England team management is looking forward to keeping him as a net bowler before and during Perth Test, where pacers are expected to have a major say in the contest. He could have made a case for the Perh Test – as both the teams are expected to go with four pacers – but with Chris Wokaes providing the team with a luxury by contributing in both the departments, there was no need for them to add Wood to the team.
The performance of the bowlers in the Perth Test will decide whether he would be added to the squad for the last two matches, the chances of which are quite likely.
The third Test between Australia and England starts on December 14 at the WACA in Perth. England is expected to go with an unchanged XI, despite trailing in the series by a margin of 0-2.
On the other hand, Australia is expected to replace Peter Handscomb with Mitchell Marsh, keeping in mind the need of an extra pacer cum all-rounder. Steven Smith-led side will be looking to win the Test and make the series a dead rubber before going into the penultimate game.
The fourth and fifth Test of the series will be played in Melbourne and Sydney, respectively.
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