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Mark Wood in doubt for first Test after World Cup hip injury

England quick bowler Mark Wood is a doubt for the primary Test towards Pakistan.

Wood has been within the UK recovering from a hip damage sustained throughout England’s profitable T20 World Cup marketing campaign and can be part of up with the Test squad in Rawalpindi this weekend. Though the damage dominated the 32-year-old out of the semi-final towards India, he was thought of match to play within the remaining towards Pakistan earlier than it was determined to not take a danger with choice for such a high-profile match.

His rehabilitation is claimed to be monitoring properly. However, with simply three coaching days forward of the beginning of the collection on December 1, it appears unlikely he’ll be capable to accrue the required variety of overs at a excessive sufficient depth to organize himself for the rigours of a Test match.

Wood returned to worldwide obligation in Pakistan in the course of the T20Is after lacking the 2022 summer season and confirmed how essential his tempo was as a degree of distinction, with six wickets at 7.33 in his two appearances within the seven-match collection. He carried that kind into the World Cup, with 9 wickets at 12.00 in 4 matches, bowling the quickest spells and even strolling away with the quickest supply of the match – a full supply at 154.74kph to New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips.

Wood’s absence from the Abu Dhabi leg of this winter, the place the squad has been warming up alongside England Lions forward of their first Test collection in Pakistan for 17 years, is unrelated to his damage. Both he and Yorkshire batter Harry Brook got two weeks at residence after the World Cup to relaxation as they had been the one two gamers in all three first-team squads (Pakistan T20Is, World Cup, Pakistan Tests) earlier than the tip of the 12 months.

Speaking on Friday after the ultimate day of England’s warm-up match, which was swapped for a two-hour coaching session, England captain Ben Stokes was optimistic on Wood’s health and stated there shall be no cowl drafted into the squad.

“No, we’re sticking with it,” stated Stokes. “We’re not going to call up another seamer to this group.

“We took the choice to let Brooky and Woody spend that point at residence, clearly being at Pakistan and the World Cup,” Stokes said. “We felt per week at residence for them can be extra helpful, simply to get their batteries recharged, and clearly with Woody’s damage, getting residence and being round his spouse and baby can be higher than being out right here and getting all his rehab, which he might do at residence.

“We’ve let them go home. I haven’t had much contact with them, just to let them chill out and relax. From all reports, Woody’s coming on nicely and we’ll see how he is when he gets out here.”

One addition to the unique occasion of 15 has been Rehan Ahmed. The leg-spinning allrounder was a part of the Lions, and officially called up to the main squad on Wednesday. Director of cricket Rob Key revealed on Thursday that this had been the intention all alongside.

It was an enormous present of religion in an 18-year-old with simply three first-class matches to his title, however these on the ECB, notably efficiency director Mo Bobat, are satisfied he’s prepared for this elevation.

Stokes evidently feels the identical. When requested if he would have any qualms deciding on Ahmed in an XI this winter, he was unequivocal in response: “No, absolutely not. That was one of the things where we said ‘yes, we are bringing him into the squad to give him that experience and get him involved’. If anything came down to it and we felt like we wanted to select him, then we definitely would.

“He’s clearly not the completed article but, however we really feel with somebody like that – the best way that he bowls, the best way that he bats – getting him into this surroundings will do him the world of fine. Being round all of the senior gamers and attending to work with one of the best coaches on the earth, for my part, is simply going to do him the world of fine.

“I don’t think this should be looked at as a huge amount of pressure put on his shoulders. I think it should be looked as a great opportunity for a young lad to come in, to be in this environment, and be able to work on his skills. And then hopefully, who knows where the next two or three years will take him. We just wanted to get him in and make him feel comfortable around the ground.

Stokes himself has been stepping up his work since the World Cup. He took no part in the first two days of the match between the Test squad and England Lions, instead opting to net and bowl in the middle during the intervals.

“I checked out this fixture right here particularly, and actually thought I’d get extra out of those three days coaching,” Stokes said. “Getting my bowling workloads again up once more after having a break after the World Cup particularly. I like engaged on my abilities within the nets fairly than being on the market within the center. I’ve actually benefited from these three days, undoubtedly, and simply because I’ve missed this recreation, I do not really feel like I’ve missed a trick or really feel underprepared. We’ve nonetheless obtained three days out in Pakistan to organize for the primary Test.

Liam Livingstone has been coping with a sore ankle this week. But after getting via eight overs of bowling on the sector on Thursday, in addition to a number of extra out within the center in the course of the breaks, Stokes was completely satisfied to report a clear invoice of well being.

“There’s no injury within the group which is great – the first time in a while, so that’s good. We’ve had a few lads on the Test tour be out here with the Lions a couple of weeks before we met up. It’s all about peaking at the right time and the message at the start of the camp was to build up towards two days before that Test, and still have something left in the tank to get going, because you don’t want to burn yourself out now and almost be ready a week too early.”

Vithushan Ehantharajah is an affiliate editor at ESPNcricinfo

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