Mark Wood ruled out of India tour after suffering ankle injury
Even before the start of their tough series against India, England has suffered a huge blow as their fast bowler Mark Wood has been ruled out of the tour with a fractured bone in his left ankle that he sustained when bowling in a Specsavers County Championship match against Surrey last month.The bowler is now all set to undergo third operation in the last 12 months.
Wood, who has been awarded a central Test contract by England for 2016-17 season, has already been ruled out of the one-day and Test series in Bangladesh and any hopes of returning to action soon have been ended.
England’s physiotherapist Ben Langley praised the fast bowler for his commitment and took comfort from the fact that the injury is different to the one that required two earlier operations.
“Woody showed his commitment to Durham with the way he bowled 35 overs in that Surrey game, and we know now that he also showed a hell of a lot of courage and resilience,” said the England physio Ben Langley.
“His foot and ankle swelled up hugely during the game, which was obviously worrying, and then we were perplexed when nothing significant showed up on the first scan. It was only when we got him in for a second scan that we discovered he’d been playing on despite having fractured a bone.
“So it’s a different injury to what he’s had the previous surgery for, and there’s no reason to think that when he’s had this bone fragment removed, he won’t be able to get back to bowling as well he has for Durham, England Lions, and England in the second half of the 2016 summer.”
The five-match Test series will start from November 9 at Rajkot. The England team will then return to England after playing the fifth Test starting on December 16 before returning for three-match ODI series and T20I series starting in January.
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