England Cricket Team have received another jolt in the ICC World Cup 2019 chances as two of their fast bowlers sustained injuries during the practice games against Australia.
England was thrashed by Aussies in their first warm-up game as Steve Smith ignored the jeers of the crowd to mark his first match against England since a ball-tampering ban with a century that set up Australia´s 12-run win.
It might just be a warm-up match but with Steve Smith and David Warner back into the Australian fold for the first time since the infamous ball-tampering incident last year and that too on English soil against the hosts will certainly add some spice to proceedings.
Injury scare for England ahead of the World Cup
Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, two of England’s strike bowlers who can bowl consistently at 90mph, sustained injuries and had to leave the field within few moments of their practice game against Australia in Southampton.
It was Mark Wood who got injured first during the fourth over stopped halfway through his run-up and left the pitch having indicated that he may have an issue.
To make things worse, Jofra Archer who came as a replacement for Wood copped up a blow when he slid to stop a boundary. He went out of the ground moments after only to return after half-an-hour.
A statement from England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said that Mark Wood had experienced some left-foot discomfort considering his long ankle problem. The report also added that a medical team is looking after him before they decided whether he will return to the ground or not.
“He will continue to spend some time with the medical team before a decision is made on whether he will return to the match,” the statement said.
“Mark Wood is to have a precautionary scan,” read the statement. “England’s medical team want to ensure there is nothing serious in the build-up to the start of the World Cup.”
England’s Left-arm spinner Liam Dawson also split the skin on the finger of his right hand and was out of batting contention. Substitutes, including assistant coach Paul Collingwood who turns 43 in a day, came in and went off through the revolving door.
Meanwhile, things are looking gloomy for England as Eoin Morgan also fractured his left index finger. He will miss both the practice games but is likely to recover ahead of the World Cup opener against South Africa on May 30.