England has suffered another injury concern ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup semi-final on Thursday, November 10. This time to their pacer, Mark Wood, after pulling up during a training session. He will undergo a fitness test ahead of the semi-final clash against India.
Wood is a crucial part of the team’s bowling set-up with his rapid pace. In this tournament, he has picked up nine wickets. After the pull-up, he didn’t take any further part in the training session on Tuesday as a precautionary measure. The English confirmed that he was suffering from general body stiffness.
Mark Wood has been one of the fastest bowlers in this tournament, consistently bowling at paces more than 150 kmph and unsettling the batters with his speed and bounce. Earlier this year, he underwent two operations on his right elbow and had a worrying history of injuries.
Dawid Malan unlikely to take part in semi-final vs India – Reports
Former World no-one batter in T20Is, Dawid Malan, sustained a groin injury against Sri Lanka in their last Super-12s stage. If Malan fails to pass his fitness test, he will most likely be replaced by Phil Salt. The England medical team is carefully monitoring his injury.
Moeen Ali revealed earlier that Malan’s condition wasn’t that great, and will be unable to take part in the semi-finals clash versus India. In a BBC interview, he said:
“He has been one of our best players for a number of years. I don’t know but to be honest with you it is not looking great. He went for scans yesterday and when he arrived, we don’t really know much but it is not looking great.”
Their opponents, India, also have a setback as their captain, Rohit Sharma, has been struck on his wrist during the training session.