Due to a bruised right shoulder, England fast bowler Mark Wood has been ruled out of the third Test match against India. Wood will remain in Leeds with the rest of the team while undergoing recovery. At the conclusion of the Leeds Test, the fast bowler will be evaluated as well. In the 74th over of India’s innings, Wood, who took five wickets in the second Test at Lord’s, was injured when he dived to stop Rishabh Pant from collecting a boundary. Wood left the field on Day 4 after receiving treatment from the physio. On the last day, however, he delivered a four-over spell towards India’s lower order.

As a cover player, England has not called up an extra fast bowler. Due to Wood’s injury, Saqib Mahmood is set to make his Test debut, while Craig Overton is also a possibility. The team’s other seamers are James Anderson, Ollie Robinson, and Sam Curran.

Wood joins Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Olly Stone, and Chris Woakes as the fifth England seamer to be ruled out of the third Test due to injury, while Ben Stokes remains sidelined after taking a hiatus from the game to focus on his mental health.

Archer, Broad, and Stone have all been ruled out of the series, while Woakes has been named in Warwickshire’s second XI team for the match against Worcestershire at New Road. Wood will be evaluated further after the third Test, according to an England statement.

Rain ruined the final day of the first Test between India and England, resulting in a draw.

In the second match, India overcame England to win only their third Test at Lord’s. On Day 5, the Virat Kohli-led team successfully defended 271 runs. In the third Test at Headingley, Leeds, England is likely to make a comeback.