England National Cricket Team have been handed a major blow as the 32-year-old express pacer Mark Wood has been ruled out of the first Test match of the series against Pakistan National Cricket Team.
The England tour of Pakistan 2022 consists of three Test matches. The first Test is set to be played from December 1 to 5 in Rawalpindi, the second Test will be played from December 9 to 13 in Multan and the third Test will be played from December 17 to 21 in Karachi.
Wood had sustained a hip injury during England’s tournament-winning ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 campaign. He missed the crucial semi-final against India National Cricket Team and the final against Pakistan National Cricket Team.
The England team management had included Chris Jordan in the playing XI as a replacement for Wood in the high-profile World Cup games.
Mark Wood All Set To Miss 1st Test vs Pakistan, Confirms Brendon McCullum
England National Cricket Team red-ball head coach Brendon McCullum at a press conference on Monday, November 28, confirmed that the express pacer Mark Wood has been ruled out of the series-opener against Pakistan due to a hip injury.
However, McCullum has stated that the 32-year-old could take part in the final two Test matches, which will be held in Multan and Karachi.
Meanwhile, Wood had returned to international cricket in Pakistan during the 7-match T20I series after missing the 2022 summer and bagged six wickets at 7.33 in two games.
He also performed exceptionally well in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 and bagged nine wickets at 12.00 in four matches. He looked in a good rhythm throughout the competition and bowled the fastest delivery of the tournament – a full delivery at 154.74kph to Glenn Phillips.