England National Cricket Team express pacer Mark Wood has replaced all-rounder Liam Livingstone in the playing XI for the second Test of the three-match series against Pakistan National Cricket Team, which is set to be played from December 9 to 13 at Multan Cricket Stadium in Multan.
Liam Livingstone made his Test debut in the first Test match of the series in Rawalpindi, where the Three Lions crushed Pakistan by 74 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
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The 29-year-old all-rounder didn’t take part in the match after Day 2 when he picked up a knee injury on the boundary line and he has been ruled out of the entire series.
Meanwhile, express pacer Mark Wood replacing Livingstone in the XI is the only change from the side that won the first Test, which means there is no place for wicketkeeper-batter Ben Foakes, who missed the first game due to illness.
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Having someone in your squad who can bowl at 150 km/h is a massive bonus – Ben Stokes on Mark Wood
Talking about Mark Wood, who has not played a Test since March because of his elbow issues, captain Ben Stokes said that having a player of his caliber in the team is always a huge bonus.
“Having someone in your squad who can bowl at 150 km/h is a massive bonus for any team around the world, especially as Pakistan is a very hard place to come and win,” said England captain Ben Stokes.
“Having someone of his calibre and what he brings will be massive for us. It will add to our ability to take 20 wickets.”
Ben Stokes further said that Ben Foakes, who was originally named in the XI for the first Test, is the best wicketkeeper in the world and his non-selection in the playing XI for the second Test has no reflection on his future prospects. He said:
“The selection is just for this Test. I’ll still keep saying he’s the best keeper in the world, so it must sound silly for us to not pick him.
“Adding Mark Wood into the side gives us a better chance of taking 20 wickets. We did say to Ben to not take this as anything for the future. We didn’t have this on our radar until the illness he unfortunately had before the first Test. This is definitely no sign for his future.”
England Playing XI For The Multan Test vs Pakistan:
Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope (WK), Joe Root, Ben Stokes (C), Harry Brook, Will Jacks, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Jack Leach
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