Mark Wood likely to miss Headingley Test against India

After bowling through the pain of an injured shoulder during England’s disastrous final-day capitulation at Lord’s, England’s head coach Chris Silverwood has admitted that Mark Wood may join a list of absentees that includes Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, and Chris Woakes for next week’s third Test against India.

On the fourth day of the Lord’s Test, Wood injured his shoulder while attempting to rescue a boundary. Silverwood went on to say that England’s medical team is keeping an eye on Wood and that his status will be cleared in two days. Because Wood is an injury-prone cricketer, he has taken extra precautions for the time being. He will, however, have to earn his way into the Leeds Test by demonstrating his fitness.

The 31-year-old pacer has justified his selection over Stuart Broad, who was forced to miss the entire series due to a calf injury. While Wood’s contribution to India’s decisive partnership could not be faulted, the tactics could, with Root accepting responsibility at the end of the match for what was perceived as an overly emotional attempt to retaliate against Bumrah in particular, following his short-pitched assault on England’s No.11 James Anderson in the final moments of the third day’s play.

Silverwood, on the other hand, was full of praise for Wood’s interpretation of those tactics, particularly given that his ruthless removal of India’s top three earlier in the innings – including Rohit Sharma on the hook and Cheteshwar Pujara with a lifter late on the fourth evening – had been crucial in setting up England’s chance of victory.

For the time being, Silverwood has advised his players to make the most of their week off before returning to Headingley with fresh minds, knowing that they have come back from 1-0 deficits previously, both in the 2019 Ashes and in their 3-1 victory in South Africa, the following winter.