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England sweat over Mark Wood’s elbow injury as West Indies bowling stocks stretch

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England received a worrying blow when Mark Wood, their main attacking striker, spent a lot of time off the pitch on Matchday 3 of the first Test against the West Indies due to an elbow injury.

West Indies took the lead seven wickets before tea on the third day, mainly thanks to an excellent innings from Nkrumah Bonner, who had 98 steps out at the break.

England were without Wood for the entire session, after he managed just five overs before lunch. England do not expect him to play again until the second leg at the earliest.

Wood’s injury isn’t entirely new. He played numerous overs in four Tests in the Ashes and prior to this tour he received an injection to deal with the pain it caused.

If the injury turns out to be serious, England will find themselves in a very delicate position. James Anderson and Stuart Broad were forgotten for this tour, while Ollie Robinson, Jofra Archer, Sam Curran and Olly Stone are injured. Ben Stokes is expected to be used with caution as he overcomes a side injury but has already netted 19 overs in the game.

It looks unlikely that Robinson will be fit for next Wednesday’s second Test in Barbados. The uncapped Saqib Mahmood and Matt Fisher are on tour, while Liam Norwell is among those who could be called up.

At the end of this tour, Wood is expected to join Lucknow Super Giants in the Indian Premier League, with his £735,000 contract.


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